Early Christian Practical Issues

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Early Christian Practical Issues
Allison L. Sanborn, M. Ed.
BIB-502 | Introduction to the Intertestamental Period
Michael Bausch - Professor
July 10, 2012

Early Christian Practical Issues
Around 51 AD, Paul was in the city of Corinth. This city was made up of many different people with very different ideas concerning God, cults, and moral depravity. While in Corinth, Paul was approached by a woman named Chloe who described to him the misdeeds of dissention, immorality and wrong doing in the city. Dismayed, Paul immediately addressed the issues in his letters to the Corinthians.
Corinthians Practical Issues
1. The Problem of Divisions in the Church ~ (1 Cor. 1:10-13) Within the “house of Chloe”, a church in
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8:1-13) Paul found that some believers felt that by eating meat they had a weak conscience because it had been defiled by the idols (Krell, 1995). Paul tried to show his followers that it was safe to eat with a clear conscience by eating meat himself. Through this lesson Paul was also trying to teach that “love was more important than freedom (8:1-6) and that “knowledge can make us arrogant, but love edifies” (Krell, 1995). With these sayings Paul was giving permission for people to put their pride aside, remember that there is no such thing as idols and that there is only one true and loving God” (Krell, 1995).
9. The Problem of the Role Men and Women Should Have in Christ 's Church ~ (1 Cor. 11:1-17) When Paul first addressed the Corinthians he told them to imitate him and to “hold firmly to traditions” (v.2). One of the traditions in Corinth was for women to have their head covered. This was a cultural custom that Paul initially commends as a symbolic gesture (Kinchen, 2012). Paul also teaches that wives should submit to their husbands and husbands submit to the Lord.
10. The Problem of Abusing the Lord 's Supper ~ (1 Cor. 11:20-34) Around the time of the Lord’s Supper, the Church of Corinth was in a problematic state and Paul was instructing that any “unrepentant” people should not partake in Passover.
11. The Problem of Spiritual Gifts ~ (1 Cor. 12:1-31) Paul tried to teach that the Spiritual Gift was as essential as
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