Extraordinary Love for an Ordinary Church

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Speaker: Rod Thom
Passage: 1 Corinthians: 1: 1-9

1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Key Points

  • Why was 1 Corinthians written?
  • By whom?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why does this matter?

Eugene Peterson writes: “When people become Christians, they don’t at the same moment become nice. This always comes as something of a surprise. Conversion to Christ and his ways doesn’t automatically furnish a person with impeccable manners and suitable morals. The people of Corinth had a reputation in the ancient world as an unruly, hard-drinking, sexually promiscuous bunch of people.

When Paul arrived with the Message and many of them became believers in Jesus, they brought their reputations with them right into the church. Paul spent a year and a half with them as their pastor, going over the Message of the “good news” in detail, showing them how to live out this new life of salvation and holiness as a community of believers. Then he went on his way to other towns and churches.

Sometime later Paul received a report from one of the Corinthian families that in his absence things had more or less fallen apart. He also received a letter from Corinth asking for help. Factions had developed, morals were in disrepair and worship had degenerated into a selfish grabbing for the supernatural. It was the kind of thing that might have been expected from Corinthians!”

Does this sound familiar? Could we find that there are things in 1 Corinthians that speak to us as a church?

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