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In Corinthians, He's the Power of Love
1 Corinthians 1:2
1 Corinthians 1:18
The Church of Corinth
The city of Corinth was of great importance in the building of the early Church; but, the city, itself, was and important city for the known world of its time, as it was the center of Greek culture and commerce. Corinth was know for its cosmopolitan atmosphere of living; people from all over the known world wanted to visit Corinth, and many who made treks to Corinth actually settled in Corinth. Still, there were many, many problems in the morality, or rather immorality, of Corinth.
The populace of Corinth devoted themselves to seeking self-pleasure. There was a growing fervor of pagan rituals that included sexual rites, and there was an ever growing need for greater materialism...the rich got richer while the poor became poorer.
As the Church of God (not the denomination) began to grow at an even more rapid rate than paganism with Corinth, Paul, aware of all the social and cultural problems, was quick to give direction and guidance to the Church. Newly Christian converts, who had grown up in practices of non-monogamous relationships and other sexual immoralities, found it difficult to maintain their Christian walk while being thrust into these anxiety producing situations daily. Paul needed the Church to understand that a Christian had to maintain a higher standard of living within any society; so much so, that it was common practice to exclude anyone from membership of the Church if they continued in the participation of pagan rituals.
I find myself putting a halt to my research, and asking myself, "How very much is our culture and society of today like that of what it was in Corinth during Paul's lifetime?" Divorce has become more commonplace than marriage, young people want to co-habitate (a fanciful word for "shacking up") to make sure their compatible for marriage when in reality they are merely participating in fornication (sexual activity before marriage), people no longer live within the means of their incomes as it becomes more and more difficult to keep up with Mr. and Mrs. Jones down the road, parents no longer cringe and dole out punishments when children use cuss words, pornography now floods our city streets like open sewers, it has become more important for young teenager to learn how to properly use condoms but they hear not how important God is for their lives, adultery once thought of as a dirty little secret is secret no more as men and women flaunt their sexual exploits outside of their marriage beds.
How very much is our culture and society of today like that of what it was in Corinth during Paul's lifetime?
First and Second Corinthians
- In chapters 1-4, Paul receives numerous reports of problems within the Church in Corinth. He then works out what words he needs to use to address these said problems.
- In chapters 5-11, In writing his letters to the Corinthian Church, Paul exposed the immorality that is being participated in by varying members from within the Church; to include, sexual immorality, marital issues, and law suits involving Church members.
- In chapters 12-14, Paul gives greater clarity to practices of worship and proper doctrine.
- In chapters 15-16, Paul is writes in regards to the resurrection of Jesus Christ; this is the most important topic of discussion for Paul.
- In chapters 1-7, Paul relays to the Corinthians Church the characteristics of Jesus Christ that all Christians should strive to show in their own lives. Paul is very adamant that Jesus Christ alone is to preached; one should never preach of one's own self.
- In chapters 8-9, Paul talks about the need for generous and cheerful giving within the Church.
- In chapters 10-13, Paul takes up a defense of his own ministry as false charges and allegations are being made against him.
1 Corinthians 13
In the book of Galatians, Paul, addressing the Church in Galatia, writes concerning those Christians who tended to exalt themselves according to the law instead of giving glory to God for the freedom He gives. Paul is always good at guiding Christians in the practicum of Christian living.