Sometimes we get the idea that God’s people should never have problems, that they should always get along, and that there will always be harmony. Anyone who thinks this cannot have read Paul’s letters to God’s people at Corinth. It is hard to imagine a group of Christians who could have so many problems including not getting along!
But they were still God’s people! In the opening verses, Paul referred to them as “the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours” (1 Corinthians 1:2 NET). Just because they had problems did not negate who they were in Christ. Continue reading “Unity in the Lord’s Supper”
At the end of 1 Corinthians, Paul asked the Christians in Corinth to have the funds ready for the famine relief in Judea. When he wrote the letter of 2 Corinthians, he still had not been by to pick up this collection – and he was afraid that they still wouldn’t be ready (read 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, especially 2 Corinthians 9:5).
Although this was a one-off collection to help Christians in a country far away, probably Christians they never would meet, there are a number of principles that should be part of our lives as Christians and in particular as Christians who are generous. Continue reading “Being a generous giver”
Doing as human activity is a central focus of Paul’s in 1 Corinthians. In some instances he uses the word “do” (expressed in Greek by poieo or ginomai), though he often concentrates on the specific acts in each problem he deals with in the letter. But when he does use one of these words for human activity, he often tells us that we should do it right. Continue reading Do it Right: Human Activity in 1 Corinthians