These are Sunday talks on the apostle Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth. For the very latest, see the "Latest Recorded Talks" page. Sermon series are available on church, Exodus, selected Psalms, Isaiah, Luke, Ephesians, Philippians, 1 Peter and James. Previous talks not in those series are on the Recorded Earlier page. You can download still older files, back to 2011, from the Sermon Archive. For some of our favourites from all these collections, see the panel at the lower right of this page.
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Sermon series in THCC Lighthouse, from February 2022:
1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – Reading somebody else's letter?
Introducing a new series on Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth. In this passage, the focus is on the initiating call of God, and then the response that we make as we call on the name of the Lord Jesus. Where do you see yourself in that picture? Is there anything you need to do in response to the call of God? (Bex White, 27 February 2022. Bible reading by Lesley Goddard.)
1 Corinthians 1:10-17 – Unity in the church
Our differences are a strength, but we shouldn't allow divisive attitudes to form in our hearts. The key to doing this is to focus on unity in the Cross of Christ. How are you going about actively building unity in our church? (Tony Uddin, 6 March 2022. Bible reading by Yinka Oladejo)
1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:5 – The Wisdom of the Cross
God's strategy is very surprising. He uses what the world thinks is nothing to destroy what the world thinks is important. God can even use you.
What are we trusting in?
Are we surrendered to his way?
Do we accept that God can be glorified in our life?
And do we rely on him?
(Jon Mabbutt, 13 March 2022. Bible reading by Suzy Ssenabulya)
1 Corinthians 2 – How the Holy Spirit works
Paul has some surprising things to say about what is Christian wisdom, maturity, and freedom. The Corinthians should have matured but were still acting like unbelievers. Why? And how can we avoid being like that? (Erik Pattison, 20 March 2022. Bible reading by Anna Workman)
1 Corinthians 3 – Growing Up
The team is God's team; the growth is God's growth; the building is God's building. It is all by grace. (John Day, 24 April 2022)
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1 Corinthians 4 – Leaders are stewards and servants
Stewards and servants – is that how you see leadership? What have you been entrusted with? Are you faithfully stewarding it? (Tony Uddin, 1 May 2022. Bible reading by Kath Mabbutt)
1 Corinthians 5 – Sexual immorality
God has always been accepting people with colourful sexual history, but we leave immorality behind when we come to Christ. Should we challenge the sexual behaviour of those outside the Church? (Simon Kempson, 8 May 2022. Bible reading by Yinka Oladejo)
1 Corinthians 6:1-11 – Why not rather be cheated?
How should we deal with real life situations where we trusted someone and they abused our trust? (Erik Pattison, 15 May 2022. Bible reading by Keziah Davidge)
1 Corinthians 6:12-20 – The Body Beautiful
How does God regard your body? How does sexual intimacy reflects our intimacy with Christ? What is the significance of your redemption; bought with a price for freedom (John Day, 22 May 2022. Bible reading by Temi Adeniji)
1 Corinthians 7:1-16 – Love and Marriage
If Paul were writing to the church today, what do you think would be the main questions around sex, relationships and marriage? How does looking forward to the end of all things help you to live out your calling today? (Bex White, 5 June 2022)
1 Corinthians 7:17-39 - As God Called
In this passage we can see how Paul was teaching to the Corinthians that to follow Jesus is not about changing status but... (Luke Hastings 19th June 2022 - recorded from Husk for a technical issue)
1 Corinthians 8 – Not only Food
Before Christ, the food laws were an important part of being a believer. Why are we now free in matters of food and drink? (Erik Pattison, 19th June 2022)
1 Corinthians 9:1-18 – Leadership and Confrontation
We live in a society where we are taught that confrontation are always to avoid, but we can see in the Bible that sometimes confrontations are necessary, we just need to be as rude are snakes, and innocent as doves... (Simon Kempson, 3 July 2022)
1 Corinthians 9:19-27 – The Freedom to Love
We are free but we serve our neighbours and we discipline ourselves. Freedom in Christ is the freedom to love. (Erik Pattison, 10 July 2022)
1 Corinthians 10 – Caring and Be Careful
How does it help for us to see ourselves as migrants from the kingdom of the world to the kingdom of God? (Mike Workman, 17 July 2022)
1 Corinthians 11:1-16 – Veiled Meanings
Is this passage really all about veil and head covered? (Bex White, 24 July 2022)
1 Corinthians 11:17-34 - The Lord's Supper
The body of Christ is a plurality of people who have become one body. If we fail to see the body of Christ everything in the Church will be seen from a "me first" or possibly a "me and God" point of view. (Erik Pattison 7th August 2022)
Some older talks on this letter:
1 Corinthians 3: All things are yours
If we really believed that Providence was all for us, we would not worry much. (Erik Pattison, 3 January 2015}
1 Corinthians 7: Marriage and big decisions
Paul's teaching on whether to marry gives us a "test case" for how to make big decisions in life. (Erik Pattison, 15 & 22 February 2015)