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1. The church in the city of Corinth had problems on top of problems. The apostle Paul wrote to them several times concerning existing issues, as well as having to address new situations that arose later. The book of 1st Corinthians was the first time he wrote them about serious matters that were going on in the church.
2. Oh, the problems! The city was filled to the brim with shrines and temples, mostly to Greek gods and goddess. The temple of Aphrodite (from which we get the word, "aphrodisiac"), was the most prominent, standing on an 1,800 foot promontory called the Acrocorinthus. What had former worshippers of Aphrodite used in their worship practices? (Hint: read the question carefully.)
3. Not all of Paul's words were of a scolding nature, nor was he totally displeased with the church, although he did have a number of things to correct them on. When he began the epistle (letter) of 1st Corinthians, what words of encouragement did he start with in 1:4?
4. Ah. Here we are. The very first thing that Paul had to make an effort to correct in the thinking of the faithful of Corinth.
Some of the people seemed to suffer from the delusion that Paul was "the greatest thing since sliced bread." Others felt that another man was the greater one to follow, while another sect thought that they should follow yet another man's teachings. Paul had to set them straight in verses 10-17 and tell them that CHRIST should be their primary focus, and not him or the other two men mentioned. What were these men's names?
5. The Jewish people required a 'sign' from above, and the Greeks almost worshipped 'wisdom' religiously, according to 1 Corinthians 1:22. (The gnostic teachings of the Greeks meant "knowledge", albeit of a secular nature.)
Paul addressed both of these teachings, wisdom-seeking and sign-seeking, in a particular manner. What did he have to say about them in verses 23-27?
6. Paul speaks further about heavenly wisdom later in chapter 2, verses 6-16. In verse 8 he points out that the 'princes of this world' did not know anything about such knowledge. What does he say would have been the end result if they had been aware of it?
7. Carnal. Spiritual. What did Paul mean as he applied these words to the believers in Corinth?
8. In Paul's day, the population of Corinth was fairly large, consisting of about 700,000 people, some of whom were slaves. How many of the residents of the city were enslaved?
9. In the fourth chapter of the book of 1st Corinthians, Paul has to address some of those who feel that he is too full of "self-importance"; just the opposite of those who think that he is "the greatest". Some among the congregation had also apparently begun to think that their group was "better" than other factions within the church itself. What does Paul ask them in verse 7?
10. More problems!
A litigious bunch, these church members just seemed to LOVE to sue anyone, including each other! Frequently they would take each other to court over the most trivial matters.
Paul had to address this type of behavior in his letter as well. In what chapter of 1 Corinthians did he do so?
11. Paul had already addressed the issue of sexual immorality with his example of how to handle the situation with the man who was involved with his father's wife, but he had to revisit the topic in the latter part of chapter 6. Here, his aim seems to be directed in a more general way. Apparently this was not merely an isolated incident, and others were engaged in sexual promiscuities of their own. What does Paul say regarding the value of the human body of a Christian?
12. There was a faction among the inhabitants of Corinth that actually discouraged people from getting married, claiming that it was a sin to do so.
How did Paul address this issue, in 1 Corinthians 7:28?
13. A common practice of the city of Corinth and surrounding regions was the eating of foodstuffs that had been offered to idol gods previously. I suppose that since the idols couldn't eat it (after all, they weren't exactly alive), the rationale must have been something like this, "There is no need in allowing perfectly good food to go to waste."
Some people in the church took issue with other members of the congregation who engaged in such behavior. What feelings does Paul express about it, in chapter 8 of 1 Corinthians?
14. In the 9th chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul states the obvious: that he is a Jew. What else does he say about himself, in verses 19-22?
15. One of my personal favorite verses in the entire Bible is found in 1 Corinthians chapter 10. It speaks of temptations and Paul enumerates a listing of those that faced the children of Israel as they escaped the bondage of Egypt, centuries before his birth. In verse 13, what particularly does he have to say about such temptations?
16. Well, it seems that Paul was not through with addressing issues of food and drink. What did he have to say about things sacrificed to idols, in chapter 10, verses 14-21?
17. Paul addressed the issue of abuse of the Lord's supper in chapter 11 of 1st Corinthians. In what ways were some of the people involved failing to honor God with their actions?
18. Paul covers the topic of the "body" of Christ in chapter 12 of 1st Corinthians. What does he say about the body of believers that allegorically represents the body of Christ, in verse 12-14?
19. The 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians is often referred to as "The Love Chapter." Love is called "charity" in the King James Version, but the meaning is clearly the same. Which of the following aspects or facets of love is NOT mentioned in this chapter?
20. Most everyone who has read at least some portion of the Bible, and may have studied a little bit about Christ's ministry on Earth, has been told that He was resurrected on the third day. Many people believe that He appeared to His disciples, Mary Magdalene, and others after His resurrection. Paul also claims to have seen Him, much later on the road to Damascus. In 1 Corinthians 15:4-6, though, Paul states a specific number of people who saw the resurrected Christ besides all these folks. How many people did he say that Christ once appeared to, all at the same time?
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