1 Corinthians 1:1-17; An appeal for unity

The Corinthian correspondence, Paul writing very direct and personal letters (2 of them, 1st and second Corinthians), is directly applicable to our churches today.  In these letters, Paul very directly addresses practical ministry problems the church was experiencing.  In 1 Cor 1:1-17, he acknowledges that there are divisions within the body on the basis of “doctrinal camps” (the camps of “Paul, Apollos, Cephas, Christ).  In light of this he emphasizes our basis, within a common faith, for unity.  1.  We have a common sanctification, 2.  We have a common experience of grace, 3.  We are awaiting and anticipating the same end, 4.  We are called into fellowship and 5.  Paul exhorts them.  The upcoming posts will begin to break down these bases for unity…


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