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I like this excerpt in Message 4 because it puts together why Christ should be the unique focus of all the believers:
In the first nine verses Paul lays as the foundation Christ, the unique center. In this unique center we have a unique and all-inclusive fellowship and enjoyment, the fellowship of Christ. In 1:10 Paul begins to deal with the eleven problems found in 1 Corinthians. In dealing with all these problems, Paul makes it very clear that the unique solution to all problems in the church is Christ and His cross (Life Study of 1 Corinthians, Page 35-36).
This is actually my third time reading through the Life Studies of 1 Corinthians, and what makes this book special for me is that it was the first Life Study book that I read all the way through. I was 28 years old then, and so that was a long time ago. After finishing those Life Studies on 1 Corinthians, I decided to read through all the New Testament Life Studies because I realized I owed it to myself to know the truths that this dear brother had so faithfully opened up. A few years ago I decided to read through the Old Testament Life Studies. They are all such a treasure, but Genesis and Exodus remain my favorites! It is wonderful that all of these Life Studies are now available online at Living Stream Ministry's website.
In 2011 I started re-reading the Life Studies of the New Testament published by Living Stream Ministry. If you click on the God Seeking/Life Study tab, you can find other titles that may interest you.