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)

1 Corinthians #2: Who I Am In Christ 1“

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:” 1 Cor. 1:1-2 (ESV)

hagiazo – it means to be set apart from sin, to be made holy in Jesus, sanctified. hagios – it means a set apart one, a holy one, a saint.

Who I am in Jesus: I am ….  a saint by calling. 4“

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,” 1 Cor. 1:4 (ESV)

 a recipient of God’s grace. 5“

that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—“ 1 Cor. 1:5 (ESV)

 enriched in every way. 7“

so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Cor. 1:7 (ESV)

 entrusted with a spiritual gift.  looking forward to a bright future. 8

“who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 1:8 (ESV)

 promised to make it. 9

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:9 (ESV)

 called into fellowship with God.

The Nature of the Battle: 3“

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” 2 Cor. 10:3-5 (ESV)

Lies of the Enemy:  I have to hold it all together.  I can’t change.  My worth is based in my performance.