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Introduction to the Corinthian Church

"Love Never Fails..." 1 Cor. 13  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Establish the setting for 1 Cor. 13; context and purpose of ch. 13; importance of love in and applications for modern day

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“Love Never Fails...”

has a context
why is it there?
what purpose does it serve? what is its function?
what is its function?
why did the Corinthians need to hear it in this particular way?
Info about Corinth
major commercial center on important trade route
vast religious diversity
population of ~500,000
Located on 3.5-mile wide isthmus separating central Greece and the Peloponnesus
Location of competitive games every 2 years
one step lower than Olympic games in Athens
paved roadway was constructed between bodies of water
to avoid dangerous 200-mile journey around the Cape of Malea
saved time and was less risky
various temples and shrines
Dionysius, Neptune, Pan, Artemis, Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Aphrodite, Apollo, Ascelpius (healing), Tyche, Venus, possible Hera, Isis and Osiris (Egyptian gods)

The colloquial expression “to Corinthianize” meant to engage in immoral behavior and loose living

According to , who were some of the Corinthian converts?
Aquila (husband), Priscilla (wife)
Jews from Pontus
kicked out of Rome
Priscilla
tentmakers
Titius Justus
Gentile
“worshiper of God”
lived next door to synagogue
Crispus (and entire household)
Ruler of the synagogue
Who were NOT converted?
Jews in Synagogue
What were some of the issues that plagued the Corinthian church?
Divisions
Tolerance of sin
Power-hungry deceivers (wolves in sheep’s clothing)
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