How Should We Then Live: A Study in 1 Corinthians


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During the time of Paul, the church in Corinth was a large and growing population. As in any large group of people there are going to be issues. This is especially true in places like Corinth where trade routes brought people from many different backgrounds and cultures into the same place.

Christianity also brought many of these people together and while mainly positive, there were some challenges. We know that Paul wrote several letters to the people in Corinth. Usually Paul was encouraging them, as well as admonishing them and teaching them further in the ways of the Lord.

In 1 Corinthians, we will get a glimpse of those internal challenges the church faced, the issues that divided the them, and Paul’s guidance during those times.

Shortly after Paul’s time in Corinth was Nero assumed his position as Emperor of Rome. This brought another hardship for the church in Corinth. Nero’s reign of terror and hatred, particularly toward Christians, permeated every facet of life. While much of Rome enjoyed a time of prosperity, Christians often found themselves unemployed and disenfranchised from the rest of society.

These pressures added to a fallen human nature presented more trials for the members of the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul, and other leaders put in their charge.