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Letter to Corinth:
Source and Solution
for Church Problems


         This is a church with many significant and serious problems; and we wonder would we even attend that congregation or be a part of that church.  When the church was only three years old, Paul wrote his first letter about those problems and to encourage them and to instruct them as to how to overcome these problems.  We find out in Paul’s second letter that the church responds well to Paul’s first letter, however, not everybody is receptive to Paul’s writings.


I.               Problems of division & factions (1 Cor. 1-4)

         Sources of problem:                          Suggested Solutions:

A.      1:10-31                                        Revere revelation only

B.     2:1-5                                            Men only messengers

C.     3:5-10, 18-23                               No new information

D.     4:1-7, 18                                      Wary of the wise…

II.             Problems with immorality (1 Cor. 5-6)

         Sources of problem:                          Suggested Solutions:

A.      5:1-2, 6                                        Mourn over and separtate from sin.

III.            Problems with idolatry (1 Cor. 8)

         Sources of problem:                          Suggested Solutions:

A.      8:1-3, 7-13                                   Love edifies…  Edify your brother!

         Note: Paul’s boasting & humiliation (9:15-23, 27)

IV.          Problems with temptation (1 Cor. 10)

         Sources of problem:                         Suggested Solutions:

A.      Still, the common problem:  Idolatry

B.     10:12-13                                      No excuses for own failings…confess.

C.     10:23-24, 29, 31-33                     Be selfless – not self seeking.

V.            Problems with the Lord’s supper (1 Cor. 11)

         Sources of problem:                          Suggested Solutions:

A.      11:18-19 – divisions                     Focus on the Lord

B.     11:21-22 – haughty                      Care for each other

C.     11:28 – self-satisfied

VI.          Problems with spiritual gifts/tongues (1 Cor. 12-14)

         Sources of problem:                           Suggested Solutions:

A.      12:15-37                                        Understand membership.

B.     13:1-3, 4-5                                     Fulfill the Lord’s purpose.

C.     14:2, 20

D.     14:30-35

VII.         Pride could contribute to other problems:

A.      Desecrating our bodies & suing brother (ch.6)

B.     Marriage question (ch.7)

C.     Women’s role & covering (ch.11)

D.     Questioning the resurrection (ch.15)

E.     Hindrances to benevolence (ch.16)

VIII.       2 Corinthians

A.      Comfort & encourage church after its repentance and suffering in the gospel.

B.     Collection for the needy saints in Judea

C.     Paul must defend his apostleship because of persistent accusers and enemies.

         We can change & do better!


A.      The solution is found in:

1.      Humility

2.      In selfless service

3.      With a spiritual focus

4.      Commitment to revelation

         We can change & do better!


Glory to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Franklin Church of Christ