Allison L. Sanborn, M. Ed.
BIB-502 | Introduction to the Intertestamental Period
Michael Bausch - Professor
July 10, 2012
Early Christian Practical Issues
Around 51 AD, Paul was in the city of Corinth. This city was made up of many different people with very different ideas concerning God, cults, and moral depravity. While in Corinth, Paul was approached by a woman named Chloe who described to him the misdeeds of dissention, immorality and wrong doing in the city. Dismayed, Paul immediately addressed the issues in his letters to the Corinthians. Corinthians Practical Issues
1. The Problem of Divisions in the Church ~ (1 Cor. 1:10-13)
Within the “house of Chloe”, a church in Corinth, Paul found that the people were fighting and divided amongst each other. When Paul had left Corinth the church had been unified in its mission knowing that the Lord was in command. After receiving word from Chloe learned that the laws he had laid down: no associating with sexually immoral people within the church, pray to only one God, do not speak in tongues. Paul appealed to the church asking, “Whom do you belong to? “Has Christ been divided?” 2. The Problem of Worldly Wisdom as compared to Godly wisdom ~ (1 Cor. 1:17-2:16)
In order to emphasize to the Corinthians that human wisdom is not as powerful as God’s wisdom, Paul wanted to show that Godly wisdom was accessible and available to all believers (Brass, 2000). Paul shared how we gain wisdom through the teachings of the gospel not through baptism. Paul understands that the Greek’s admire human wisdom, but show them that this form of wisdom is misplaced and keeping them from receiving the word and power of God through the teachings in the gospel (Brass, 2000). 3. The Problem of Carnality ~ (1 Cor. 3:1-4)
Paul labeled the people of Corinth as “carnal” because they were not maturing in their faith as they should have been. The church had been in existence for five...