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July 2, 2017

Kert Martin

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I Corinthians Series

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In classical times Corinth had been a rival of Athens. In 146 B.C. it was reduced to rubble by Roman invasion. About a century later it was re-established by Julius Caesar as a Roman colony. When Paul arrives about a century later (AD 49) Corinth was a bustling port city, a dazzling Roman city of cosmopolitan character. It was a melting pot for Greeks, Syrians, Jews, and resettled Roman veterans. It appeared to be an exceptionally religious city, a place of many gods, many lords, many temples, shrines for the Roman Imperial family and many cults. Though many of the Corinthians hearing Paul’s message of the gospel had believed and were baptized (Acts 18), many remained enmeshed in the “temple culture.” Paul now in Ephesus writes this letter to this troubled church about eight years after he founded it. In this sermon, we will focus on relationships. Like in most of his thirteen letters Paul begins by reminding the Corinthians who he is in relation to God and who they are in relation to God. He wants to bring them back to their roots. He doesn’t lead them to repentance with threats but by making them aware of their relationship to God, stop acting like mere men, “you are among those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.”