In this collection of sermons based on Paul’s first letter to the believers in Corinth, Brian Harbour responds to two deep needs within today’s church: “biblical” preaching and help relating the church to a rapidly changing world. Through critical interpretation, Harbour seeks to explain the culture of Corinth and the strategies the church could have employed in response. This is a rich resource for those seeking the deeper insights of God’s word, who want to struggle with both the difficult and the simple texts, who want to know how God’s word to an isolated group of Christians on the cusp of change intersects with their lives today.
Each volume of the Preaching the Word series consists of a collection of sermons preached through a book or books of the Bible. As in other commentaries, the author analyzes and seeks to interpret each passage. But Preaching the Word also exists as a testament to the Word preached, a homiletical commentary unfolding within a community of faith. Thus, this series allows us to approach the letters and histories of the New Testament as the first recipients did: as hearers of God’s Word.
Dr. Brian Harbor offers to us in this contemporary contextualized pastoral treatment of 1 Corinthians just what we have come to expect from him for a generation. Generous in pastoral wisdom, apt in memorable anecdotes, accessible in narration of the text—these characterize his able biblical exposition. He joins the past historic situation of Corinth with the present situation of today’s church in an energetic and engaging conversation. To merge the horizons of long ago with the horizons of today is no easy thing and he has done this in a fresh way. This book is truly a text message for right now.
—Joel C. Gregory
Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Theological Seminary
I have great respect and admiration for my friend Dr. Harbour, and he has led several very successful churches for over forty-plus years. I have always had a deep interest in 1 Corinthians, and as a Sunday school teacher, I see this book as an excellent tool and resource. It will help me in my efforts to share God’s word.
Chairman of the McLane Group and
Chairman/CEO of the Houston Astros
Brian Harbour combines the best of critical scholarship with practical insights for weekly preparations. This commentary fills a critical gap between the library and the pulpit, offering contemporary application with depth and clarity.
—William D. Shiell