The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 120–126


Who Were the Corinthians?

During Paul’s second missionary journey he taught the gospel in Corinth and established a branch of the Church there (see Acts 18:1–17). Corinth was a city famous for idolatry and immorality, so Paul was concerned about the Church members there being able to remain true to the gospel.

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Corresponding with the Corinthians

Paul wrote at least three letters to the Corinthians (see 1 Corinthians 1:1–2; 5:9; 2 Corinthians 1:1). The Corinthian Saints had written to him to ask for help with matters of Church doctrine and practice. The book of 1 Corinthians is Paul’s answer to one of their letters. It was written around A.D.  54, when he lived in Ephesus.

Some Things Do Not Change

Being a Saint today has many of the same challenges that the Saints in Corinth faced. Notice how useful the following counsel is today: