A. I have conducted several seminars on 1 Corinthians, especially for newer church plants (e.g., Kiev). I have uploaded the lecture outlines and small group question materials for a series on 1 Corinthians that I put together for the Cordova Community Church in the late 1990s. This was the congregation that Gary Ealy and I, along with others, helped plant. Our method was to present some teaching material for 30 minutes and then we would discuss it in small groups for 30 minutes. There are sixteen lessons which I have uploaded on my Classes page in one document:
- What Unites Us (1 Corinthians 1).
- What Might Divide Us (1 Corinthians 3-4).
- Community Standards (1 Corinthians 5).
- Community Ethics (1 Corinthians 6).
- Healthy Marriages (1 Corinthians 7).
- When Love is More Important Than Knowledge (1 Corinthians 8).
- When Others are More Important Than My Rights (1 Corinthians 9).
- No Presumption: The Lord’s Supper and Ethics (1 Corinthians 10).
- Male and Female in the Worship Assembly (1 Corinthians 11:3-10).
- Whose Meal is This? The Lord’s Supper or Ours? (1 Corinthians 17:17-34).
- Body Language: Whose Job Is It Anyway? (1 Corinthians 12).
- Love Language: Love Heals Disunity (1 Corinthians 13).
- Worship: Rational, Emotional or Both? (1 Corinthians 14:1-25).
- Order Rather than Chaos in the Worship Assembly (1 Corinthians 14:26-40).
- The Gospel: Our Foundation and Hope (1 Corinthians 15:1-19).
- The Collection: Sharing God’s Gifts with Others (1 Corinthians 16:1-4).
B. The second piece I have uploaded is my thirteen page handout for the Midwest Preacher’s Seminar in Wisconsin on September 22-24, 2000. The seminar was entitled “Stress These Things: Theological Reflections on Titus.” I have put it on my General page. I structured the epistle in this manner:
Salutation (1:1a, 4a)
Theological Summary (1:1b-3)
Thematic Concern (1:5)
Appoint Elders (1:6-16).
The Character of Elders (1:6-9)
The Character of False Teachers (1:10-16)
Teach Sound Doctrine (2:1-3:11)
First Directive (2:1-15)
Moral Exhortation (2:1-10)
Christological Ground (2:11-14)
Second Directive (3:1-11)
Moral Exhortation (3:1-2)
Theological Ground (3:3-8)
Ministry Details (3:12-14)
Ministry Partners (3:12-13)
Ministry Purpose (3:14)
Benedictory Greetings (3:15)
C. I have upload a presentation I made to Korean Ministers visiting America in the late 1990s on church polity to my General page. This document also served as a theological backdrop for leadership in the new church plant in Cordova, Tennesseee. It surveys a theology of leadership, the function of evangelists, elders and deacons, as well as the concept of a “leadership team” to serve a church. As evangelists instruct elders with knowledge and elders guide evangelists with wisdom, together they equip the church for ministry.