Corinthians 2018

Corinth was a seaport town - think San Francisco - with all of the sin, pride and wealth one would expect. 

Among the Apostles Paul was given the gentile franchise. The consequence of that was that his audience did not have a solid Scriptural background even though they had the Holy Spirit and enthusiasm.

The Corinthians have a rich variety of things that Paul must correct.

  • 1 Corinthians 1, Division in the Church
    The first four chapters of the letter deal with divisions in the church caused by intellectual pride. Since Paul had planted the church, they had heard the teaching of others and factions had formed. Each of the teachers mentioned were perfectly sound but perhaps each had said things differently. in their inexperience and pride, members of the church had seized on stylistic differences and elevated them to the level of doctrine.