Ist Corinthians is an epistle by the Apostle Paul with some of the most quoted and debated Scriptures in Christianity. While the epistle to the Romans often serves as a theological framework for Christian teaching, worldviews and practical advice often come from 1st and 2nd Corinthians. Of all the New Testament epistles, these writings have the most examples of addressing specific issues and controversies in a church.
1st Corinthians has a direct and often impassioned nature of writing, and it does not shy away from boldly addressing controversial issues. However, the epistle’s core theme encourages Christians to be reasonable and respectful toward each other. Paul was trying to get the attention of some crazed church members who were not thinking straight. When some stern and seemingly judgmental passages are seen in that light, the epistle depicts encouragement and grace toward thoughtful, concerned, and appreciative people.
This series will address every chapter of the epistle in weekly posts. My goal through the commentary on this epistle is to use 1st Corinthians as a foundation to develop greater confidence in the passions that God has given us individually to address moral and spiritual concerns.