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.
The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament is a new exegetical commentary series published by Tolle Lege Press. The series, edited by Jon D. Payne, will be authored by sixteen ministers from five countries representing ten different Reformed denominations. The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary seeks to be rigorously exegetical, God-centered, redemptive-historical, sin-exposing, Gospel-trumpeting and teeming with practical application. It aims to encourage ministers, elders, seminarians and interested laypeople to rediscover the profound spiritual benefits of systematic expository preaching; that is, the faithful preaching of the whole counsel of God, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book. It also endeavors, by the power of the Spirit, to help Christs kingdom disciples to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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