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20 Controversies That Almost Killed A Church

Paul's Counsel to the Corinthians and the Church Today

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780875527901

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The pressures against godly living are escalating, and struggles abound on every side. For this reason, 1 Corinthians is an ideal text to study. From a distance of 2,000 years, the letter to the Corinthian church shows us the snares that we must avoid in the Christian life and the goal of godliness that we must pursue.

Ganz shows us how the Corinthians were not very different from us. They faced pressures. They encountered snares. But Paul did not give up on them. From the Corinthian church, we get a model for how God sees us in difficult times—and how he sees us through difficult times, helping us to live more fully and faithfully in a culture where living faithfully is increasingly difficult.


“Don't miss this one!”

—J. I. Packer

“Practical, biblical advice on how to show love for the fellowship of the saints. Richard Ganz gives pastoral counsel to help believers live in harmony with one another within the church. I pray God will bless this work to all those who, like me, long to see Christ's church unified in passionate love for the truth of the gospel.”

—James White

“A helpful and interesting exposition of 1 Corinthians. Rather than a verse-by-verse commentary, the volume offers a discussion of major themes. That Richard Ganz has sprinkled these discussions with examples from his own ministry further enhances it. Thoroughly biblical.”

—Jay E. Adams

“An up-to-date discussion of many issues that threaten to kill churches today. True to Scripture without being doctrinaire, written for the thoughtful layman . . . a helpful contribution to an ongoing discussion of church life in the 21st century.”

—Baruch Maoz

“Richard Ganz has escorted our common rabbi, St. Paul, to the microphone so his first letter to the Corinthians can be heard afresh by a generation that needs his message as much, if not more, than did the original recipients.”

—Steve Schlissel

The Author

Richard L. Ganz

Richard L. Ganz

Richard L. Ganz is the senior pastor of a church in Ottawa, Canada. He is also the president of Ottawa Theological Hall, where he teaches biblical counseling. Ganz is the author of several books, including Psychobabble, The Secret of Self-Control, and Free Indeed.