1 Corinthians


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1 Corinthians Author: Paul Date: 56 AD Paul wrote this epistle from Ephesus on his 3rd missionary journey after receiving news of problems in Corinth. Destination: Corinth The church in Corinth was established by Paul on his second missionary journey 50-51 AD (see Acts 18). At that time Corinth was the capital of the Roman Province of Achaia (Southern Greece). It was a key port city of about 700,000 people. Corinth became synonymous with moral corruption. It was the home of the Temple of Aphrodite where 1,000 prostitutes practiced their trade in the name of religion. The city became notorious throughout the Roman World. Paul stayed in Corinth for about 18 months, living in the home of Aquila and Priscilla, while preaching and practicing his trade of tentmaking. Theme: Correcting Carnal Christians This epistle was written to correct carnal Christians. Paul confronts factions, immorality, lawsuits, and abuse of the Lord’s Supper. He also answers questions raised by the Corinthians about marriage, food offered to idols, regulation of public worship and the resurrection. Key Verse: 19

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)

Love is… #7 6

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians13:6 (ESV)

3 Keys to Speaking the Truth:  Keep my heart clean. (see Matthew 7)  Commit to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. 16 17

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, Proverbs 6:16-17 (ESV)

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A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape. Proverbs 19:5 (ESV)

2 ways I can fail to speak the truth:  not meaning what I say. 5

A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. Proverbs 29:5 (ESV)

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Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death 19 is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” Proverbs 26:18-19 (ESV)

 not saying what I mean.  Think before I speak. 28

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. Proverbs 15:28 (ESV)

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There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 (ESV)

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The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Proverbs 16:21 (ESV)

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A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 (ESV)