Corinth was a huge metropolitan city center with over 400,000 people during Paul’s time. Paul would write this letter to the Corinth church around 56 A.D. While the Corinthians were spiritually blessed, they were also very troubled. Corinth was kind of like our Las Vegas equivalent of today. It was a very worldly city known for it’s sins.
Vs. 18, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” While the Gospel is the power of God, many of the Christians in Corinth were not operating on God’s power. They were putting their dependence upon human leaders rather than God (vs. 12). It was a church that was divided (sadly, we still deal with that today in many of our churches). They were using human logic and wisdom rather than the wisdom of God to sort out their issues. Their heads were getting big and they were too confident in their own supposed knowledge.
Regarding application…Stopping Divisions. Vs. 10, “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” The Church is God’s gift to us, but we often do not glorify His gift when we use it. What creates divisions? Pride, racism, selfishness, etc. The list can literally go on and on. I think we need to start taking this topic more seriously than we treat it. Let’s put our trust in the Lord and start being a part of the solution rather than the problem or a bystander who doesn’t care. The Youth Group can be a very influential part of the body and the church if we can show testimony to the rest of the church of the unity that is found in Christ! What can you do to help?