Teacher: Won Huh
What do you get when you cross Hollywood, Las Vegas and New Your City? You get Corinth! It was a commercial crossroads for the Roman Empire and it attracted great crowds of foreigners from the East and the West. Corinth was intellectually alert, materially prosperous, but morally corrupt.
Paul spent 18 months in Corinth preaching the Gospel and many of them became believers in Jesus, but they brought their reputations with them right into the church. After Paul left Corinth, he heard their news of divisions, immorality, disorder and improper use of freedom found in Christ, so he addresses them in his letter to the Corinthians. The theme of this book is Christian lifestyle in a pagan society.
- Are any of Paul’s suggestions to the Corinthian church useful today or are they just too antiquated?
- They showed the signs of stunted Christian growth. What was wrong? What could be done? Is that something that just happens or do you need to work at it?
- There’s a beautiful description of Christian Love in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. Is that the ideal picture of a mature Christian and the answer to Corinthian church’s problems?
I think you will enjoy David Whiting’s introduction to the city of Corinth on YouTube: https://youtu.be/UK4C44yuIBU
Short Outline of 1 Corinthians from Today's English Version
- Introduction (1:1-9)
- Factions in the church (1:10 – 4:21)
- Sexual morality and family life (5:1 – 7:40)
- Christians and pagans (8:1 – 11:1)
- Church life and worship (11:2 – 14:40)
- The resurrection of Christ and of believers (15:1-58)
- The offering for the Christians in Judea (16:1-4)
- Personal matters and conclusion (16:5-24)