April 16, 2023

DAVID CARSON | April 16, 2023
Message Details

 “The Context of Corinth”

 1 Corinthians 1:1-3


Questions we must answer to understand the context of the book of 1 Corinthians:

  1. What is Corinth, and who are the Corinthians?
  2. In a city so pagan and lost, how did a Christian church come to exist there?
  3. Who wrote the book of 1 Corinthians?
  4. What is the purpose of the letter?


Paul is writing to the Corinthians to teach and correct them about the following matters:

  • Factionalism – Paul addresses the Church’s division over allegiances to specific speakers and leaders.
  • Disputes – Paul addresses Christians turning to unbelieving authorities to resolve their conflicts with each other rather than handling them within God’s covenant community.
  • Morality – Paul rebukes Christians who are backsliding into behaviors more in keeping with the lost than God’s saints.
  • Marriage – Paul examines the value of getting married vs. remaining single.
  • Self-denial – Paul teaches how the use of Christian liberty must be tempered by love.
  • Idolatry – Paul exhorts the believers not to compromise their faith with the rampant idolatry of their culture.
  • Communion – Paul corrects the believers on their improper behavior while observing the Lord’s Supper.
  • Gifts – Paul teaches the Church about the reality of spiritual gifts and their proper use in orderly worship.
  • Love – Paul teaches the Church the importance of love as the highest motivation for all Christian practice.
  • Gospel – Paul reminds the believers of the essential message of the gospel.
  • Resurrection – Paul instructs the Church about the nature of our resurrection in light of Christ’s resurrection.