April 17, 2019
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by Pastor Duane Adler
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Throughout Paul’s letters to Corinth (1 & 2 Corinthians) he tells of the horrendous trials and sufferings he endured. However, Paul had an even deeper burden for the church at Corinth; “Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches” (2 Cor. 11:28).
Corinth was one of the largest and most important cities of Greece in its time, flowing as the commercial capital of the area, and stood without peer when it came to the sensory and sensual life of Greece. Corinth was rich and immoral…a city living without self-control.
Sadly, many of the believers in Corinth fell for the lie from the pit of hell; that freedom in Jesus provides a “license to do whatever you please.” For this reason, amongst others following, Paul was concerned for the people of Corinth.
Paul’s letters, therefore, were problem-solving letters. Love, unity, respect for authority, and spiritual giftedness, amongst false doctrines and false teachers versus true doctrine and true teachers, were amid the primary principals within Paul’s letters. Thus, Paul kicks his first letter off writing about divisions in the local body, following his greeting and thanksgiving to God: “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose” (1 Cor. 1:10).
This morning we will dive into Paul’s confrontation regarding the abuses of the Lord’s Supper.