Who were the Corinthians?


The next several planned studies come from 1Corinthians.  Before we study, it can be helpful to see what kind of church this was.

Corinth was a center of trade on the Mediterranean, so was a melting pot of all nationalities that lived and traded in the area. In this way it was much like the U.S.A.. As a result, many different religions were represented in this region, and there were many people of low moral character. It is not really surprising, then, that a number of carnal problems were within the church, as well as the infiltration of philosophies from some of the other religions. Paul addresses some of these issues, such as factions, lawsuits, immorality, abuse of the Lord’s supper, and others. He also answers questions they had about things such as spiritual gifts, church finance, the resurrection, and other.

As we look at some these passages, we should examine our own lives and ask the Lord to reveal what we need to know about ourselves and our walk with Him.

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9 Responses to Who were the Corinthians?

  1. Hey, brother! I am going to take this post as another little bit of confirmation. For what? I am actually going to be starting a study on Sunday nights through 1 Corinthians. I have been feeling the desire to do so for the last couple of years. It should be interesting. I just pray that God will give my congregation patience ;-)

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  2. Kim says:

    Thank you so much for your insight it was very helpful.

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  3. Kim says:

    Hello, I was wondering if you could shed some light on whether or not it is a sin to for a man to have long hair. I know what 1 Corinthians says about bringing dishonor on a man but was this specifically for the people of Corinth? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    • This largely depends on the motive of the heart – God is more concerned with the inward condition of a person that their outward appearance. Often times, when men and boys wear their hair long it is out of rebellion for authority. Others do so because they are effeminate. But this is not the case for everyone.

      While the instruction was not just for Corinth, a little understanding of that city can help us understand what motivated Paul to teach about long hair to them. Corinth had a major temple to Apollo. Central to worship of Apollo was homosexual acts, and the temple employed attractive men and boys as temple prostitutes. As part of their role, many would wear their hair long. Thus men wearing long hair in that region suggested that they were involved in Apollo worship. Thus it was dishonorable for Christian men to wear their hair long.

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    • Kim, I couldn’t help but reply when I saw this (if Christopher doesn’t mind). I think hair of any length is bad.

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  4. thebiblestop says:

    Thanks for the welcom

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  5. revdw1 says:

    Thank you for checking out my blog and leaving your comments. I am looking forward to your Bible studies . welcome to the blogoshpere!

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