Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.
– 1 Corinthians 1:10-11
During Paul’s second missionary Journey, after ministering and planning churches in Philippi, Thessalonica and Berea, he ultimately landed and planned in the Greek city of Corinth. Corinth was one of the places that Paul spent the most time during his life and ministry. It was also the city, and church, to which Paul wrote the most words. Piecing together the evidence it seems that Paul wrote 4 letters to the church at Corinth. We only have two of those letters in our Bibles. Be that as it may, why did Paul write so many letters to the Christians at Corinth? The above verses answer the question.
The church at Corinth was a divided church. There were divisions and contentions among them. Divines over personality. Divisions over doctrine. Divisions over spiritual gifts and divisions over sinful practices. The Corinthian Christians were just like us… they had problems. Which is why this book speaks so practically today, just as it did 2,000 years ago.
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