On this blog we have traveled through the whole of the book of 1 Corinthians together. We started by looking into the background of Corinth. We understood that it was a cosmopolitan city in ancient Greece which was located on a thin strip of land (isthmus) connecting the Peloponnesian peninsula with the rest of Greece. As a transportation hub and a melting pot of ideas, and ethnicities we thought that it had a lot in common with modern Chicago where The Skinner Small Group is located. The problems that the Corinthians faced are problems that we still face today. These problems included rallying around church political icons, the pull of sexual deviancy, and infighting about whose gifts were most valuable to the church. All the church’s problems were addressed by a focus on love and unity. The clearest biblical definition of love being in 1 Corinthians 13.
Yesterday you would have read 1 Corinthians 1-8. Today you should read chapters 9-16.