Summer Adult Ed Schedule
 
What do you have in common with Flash Gordon, George Jettson, Hans Solo, Uhura, Buck Rogers
and James T. Kirk? They were space travelers, adventurers, and warriors. They dared to go where
no one had ever gone before and expanded their world. So, once again, what do you have in
common with all of these people? You are being invited to ZOOM into cyberspace to encounter the
brave new world to be found in exploring Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Beginning Sunday,
July 5th , the Adult Education Class will delve into a 13 week study of I Corinthians. There
will be two opportunities to do this: (1) at 8 a.m. each Sunday morning via Zoom, and (2) through
the church’s website via a recording of the Zoom class. Since we are unable to meet face-to-face,
we’re bringing the church to you. We are moving “outside the box” of tradition and convention,
making the best of a challenging situation to stimulate your thinking, promote the growth of faith,
and encourage each of us to be transformed by the renewal of our minds and hearts so that we
might know what is the will of God; what is good, acceptable and perfect.

Corinth was the commercial metropolis of Greece. A seaside community, Corinth was about 50
miles west of Athens. It was not only one of the largest cities in Greece, it was also the richest
and most diverse communities as well. With a population around 400,000 it was one of the most
significant cities in the Roman Empire. It was surpassed only by Rome, Alexandria and Antioch.
It was a critical part of the trade route and through its harbors flowed the commerce of the world.
It was a renowned and voluptuous city where the vices of the east and west met. Somewhere
around 52-53 A.D., Paul visited this sprawling city during his second missionary journey. During
that time he founded one of his greatest churches, right in the shadow of Athenian philosophy.

About three years after Paul had left Corinth, and working to develop the church in Ephesus, a
delegation from the Corinthian church appeared at his door desperate to consult with him on
some very serious problems and controversies that had arisen in the church. These concerned
brothers and sisters spoke of factions, immorality, lawsuits, meat being offered to idols, abuse
of the Lord’s Supper, false prophets, problems about marriage, a woman’s part in the church
and heresies about the resurrection. This first letter was his immediate response and counsel
with the promise that he was planning on returning to Corinth in the winter. A promise he kept.

We’re going to study this letter thematically, not chapter by chapter and verse by verse. The themes
include: love, sanctification, unity, worship, being a worker, being unselfish, steadfast, strong,
generous, pure, grateful, determined and hopeful. Paul wrote to brothers and sisters in the first century,
but it sounds like he was looking right into the 21 st century and the challenges we face today.

So, become a space traveler. Journey into the scriptures and explore the breadth and depth of I
Corinthians. If you’d like to be part of the Zoom class at 8 a.m. every Sunday contact Kelle at
kelleh@1stpresb.org or Rev. Johnson at rljohnson46@frontier.com so you can be included
in the invitation. Otherwise, visit the recording at a time that is  convenient to you.
 

July 5 Be Loving I Cor. 13
July 12 Be Sanctified I Cor. 1:1-3, 3:1-2, 12:3
July 19 Be Unified I Cor. 1:10-17, 12:12
July 26 Be Worshipers I Cor. 10:16-22, 11:17-34, Ch. 14
Aug 2 Be Workers I Cor. 3:9-15, 12:1-30
Aug 9 Be Unselfish I Cor. 6:1-11, 7:5
Aug 16 Be Steadfast I Cor. 2:11-13, 4:1-6
Aug 23 Be Strong I Cor. 10:1-14, 15:33
Aug 30 Be Generous I Cor. 16:1-4, II Cor. 8, 9
Sept 6 Be Pure I Cor. 5:1-13, 6:9-20
Sept 13 Be Grateful I Cor. 4:7, 14-17, 1:4, 10:30, 11:24, 14:17
Sept 20 Be Determined I Cor. 9:16-27
Sept 27 Be Hopeful I Cor. 15:1-32, 50-58