City of Corinth:
Does Location impact a church?
Does History impact a church?
Does commerce impact a church?
Does the origin of its inhabitants impact a church?
Does culture impact a church?--Roman
Do local morals and religion impact a church?
Church at Corinth
Paul as Founder—2MJ
3 Archaeological finds: bema, Erastus inscription, Jewish Lintel inscription
Occasion of letter writing:
Previous letter (1 Cor 5:9);
Oral 1 Cor. 1:11
Written 1 Cor 7:1
What were the Church Problems?
Deep sin in past—ch. 6
Lord’s supper—ch. 11
Remiss in Disciplining—ch.5
Factions—ch. 1, 3, 4
Key Issues in Corinthians
Marriage or Celibacy?—ch. 7
I say not the Lord: 7:12
Head Coverings—ch. 11
Woman speaking in Church—ch. 14
4 Principles for handling cultural issues
Is it a moral principle or cultural practice?
Are there contextual indicators?
Is Scripture diverse on the subject?
What is the deeper principle?
Delivering to Satan—ch. 5
Baptism for the Dead—ch. 15:29
Vicarious baptism; Mormons
In place of the dead—replacement
Heretical view: What will “they” do
Because of the dead:
Stephen’s death à Paul’s baptism
Baptized in anticipation of the dead in hope of resurrection
What is the chief end of humans?—10:31
One Step principle—10:12f
Love chapter—ch. 13
Resurrection chapter—ch. 15
Connection of story and history:
Modernism: history=facts; story=fiction
Post-modernism: It’s my story, facts irrelevant
Body as temple 1 Cor 3:16; 6:13