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REMINDING THE CORINTHIANS OF HOW GOD VIEWS THEM

May 26, 2013

By Dr. Steve Dunn Time to get into this study in earnest.  We last posted this text and these questions: 1 Corinthians 1:1-7 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 […]

A TROUBLED CHURCH IN A MORALLY CONFUSED COMMUNITY

May 14, 2013

BY STEVE DUNN Corinth, as we have seen was diverse, entrepreneurial, raucous and immoral.  The recipient of the letter was the fledgling church made up mostly of Gentiles. The population of Corinth was racially and culturally mixed. We know from archaeology and Scripture (cf. Acts 18:4-8) that there was a synagogue in Corinth.   Roman soldiers […]

BACKGROUND ON 1 CORINTHIANS – PART 2

May 12, 2013

  BY STEVE DUNN As Paul arrived at Corinth in 49 or 50 AD., he would have seen lots of rock piles, ruins of ancient city walls. Rome had destroyed the old Corinth in 146 B.C.E. The city Paul entered was therefore young– not even a century old. In 44 B.C.. a decree of Julius […]

BACKGROUND ON I CORINTHIANS–PART 1

May 11, 2013

The apostle Paul visited Corinth in his second missionary journey. We read about this visit in Acts 18.1-21: 1 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all […]

STRUGGLING TO FIND AN IDENTITY IN CHRIST-1 CORINTHIANS

April 8, 2013

BY STEVE DUNN The Church of God at Corinth was a church that was struggling for its identity in Christ.  In the heart of a pagan city that stood at a commercial, cultural and moral crossroads; the freedom unleashed by becoming New Creations at times took on a form that confused and divided them and […]