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The Lectio Continua Commentary Series

The city of ancient Corinth in its day was like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York all rolled into one. Sexual immorality, pagan idolatry, materialism, superficiality, and individualism marked the Corinthian culture and plagued the Corinthian church. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians to address these issues to teach Corinthian Christians how to live undefiled lives, in harmony with one another, in order to impact a fallen and depraved culture for Christ.

The same controversies, temptations, and divisions that rocked the Corinthian church are no less prevalent in the daily life of our modern Christian churches today. Yet there are very few contemporary commentaries on 1 Corinthians.

That is why The Lectio Continua Commentary on 1 Corinthians by Kim Riddlebarger is so timely.


Table of Contents:

  1. Greetings from Paul (1:1-3)
  2. Be United (1:4-17)
  3. The Wisdom of God (1:18-31)
  4. Jesus Christ and Him Crucified (2:1-5)
  5. For the Spirit Searches Everything (2:6-16)
  6. The Foundation (3:1-15)
  7. You Are God’s Temple (3:16-23)
  8. For the Kingdom of God Does not Consist in Talk but in Power (4:1-21)
  9. God Judges Those Outside (5:1-13)
  10. And Such Were Some of You (6:1-11)
  11. You Were Bought With a Price (6:12-20)
  12. Each Has His Own Gift from God (7:1-16)
  13. Do Not Become Bondservants to Men (7:17-40)
  14. There Is One God (8:1-13)
  15. For the Sake of the Gospel (9:1-27)
  16. The Rock Was Christ (10:1-13)
  17. Do All to the Glory of God (10:14-33)
  18. The Image and Glory of God (11:1-16)
  19. Until He Comes (11:17-26)
  20. Let a Person Examine Himself (11:27-34)
  21. Jesus is Lord (12:1-3)
  22. The Common Good (12:4-11)
  23. One Body, Many Members (12:12-26)
  24. Earnestly Desire the Higher Gifts (12:27-31)
  25. The Greatest of These is Love (13:1-13)
  26. Strive to Excel in Building Up the church (14:1-19)
  27. Decently and In Order (14:20-40)
  28. The Gospel (15:1-11)
  29. Christ Has Been Raised! (15:12-34)
  30. He Must Reign (15:20-28)
  31. In the Twinkling of an Eye (15:35-38)
  32. Be Watchful (16:1-24)



Kim Riddlebarger (Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California (URCNA), co-host of the popular internet-radio broadcast, White Horse Inn, and author of A Case for Amillennialism and The Man of Sin. He is a regular contributor to Modern Reformation and Tabletalk Magazines, and has also served as visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California.



“Having shared and sat under the ministry of Kim Riddlebarger for many years, I am delighted to see the fruit of his faithful labors reach a wider audience. Combining attention to exegetical detail with decades of pastoral experience, this commentary will reward generously with its unique insights into this wonderful epistle.” — Michael S. Horton

“Reformed commentators have long neglected 1 Corinthians. That is why I am so glad that Kim Riddlebarger has provided the church with this exegetically sensitive and doctrinally sound exposition. Riddlebarger handles the letter’s difficult issues with care and pastoral sensitivity. In addition, he models for the Church what faithful exposition should be. This second installment in the Lectio Continua series would make a welcome addition to any Christian’s shelf!” — Guy Prentiss Waters

“Kim Riddlebarger, a trusted pastor-scholar, and one of the premier exegetes and expositors of our day, has given the Church a gift with this excellent commentary on 1 Corinthians. In these fine expositions, we not only learn about the thorny and complex challenges that faced the church at Corinth, we are also taught the Spirit-inspired diagnoses and the remedies dispensed by the Apostle Paul-powerful, Christ-centered truth that applies as much today as it did in the first century. I commend this volume to the Church with pastoral urgency and absolute confidence.” — Michael A. Milton


The Lectio Continua: Expository Commentary on the New Testament

“The greatest need of the church today is the recovery of sound biblical preaching. We need preaching that faithfully explains and applies the text, courageously confronts sin, and boldly trumpets forth the sovereign majesty, law, and gospel promises of God. It is for this reason that we are pleased to publish the Revelation volume of The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament,a new series of expository commentaries authored by an array of seasoned pastor-scholars from various Reformed denominations on both sides of the Atlantic.” – Jon D. Payne and Joel R. Beeke, from the Series Introduction


Series Endorsements

“There are so many fine commentaries available today, but it’s great to have a reliable author you can turn to for solid Reformed reflections on Scripture. In this case, there are sixteen of them—friends and fellow shepherds who have given me great insight into God’s Word over the years. I’m looking forward eagerly to each one of these sermonic commentaries!” — Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary California, host of the White Horse Inn radio show, editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine

“Those of us who have promoted and practiced lectio continua expository preaching through the years eagerly await the volumes announced in The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament. We are equally eager to read such a series written by pastors who have practiced the method in their churches. The international and interdenominational character of the series will only add to the richness of its insights.” — T. David Gordon, professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College, author of Why Johnny Can’t Preach

“As the history of preaching is unfolded, it becomes clear how important the orderly, systematic preaching through the Scriptures has been and why it has been a favorite homiletic approach over the centuries. One is surprised to discover how many of history’s great preachers made a regular practice of preaching through one book of the Bible after another. Origen, the first Christian preacher from whom we have any sizable collection of sermons, preached most of his sermons on the lectio continua. We find the same with John Chrysostom who is usually referred to as the greatest Christian preacher. We find the same true of Augustine as well. At the time of the Protestant Reformation, Zwingli, Calvin, Bucer, and Knox followed this system regularly, and they passed it on to the Puritans. Today, we see a real revival of lectio continua preaching. The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament represents a wonderful opportunity for the church to recover a truly expository pulpit.” — Hughes Oliphant Old, formerly John H. Leith Professor of Reformed Theology and Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary, author of The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church

“The concept behind this series is a fascinating one, and, given the list of authors, I am confident that the final product will not disappoint. This promises to be a great resource for churches seeking to know the Word of God more fully.” — Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC), Ambler, Pennsylvania

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