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									Corinth
             Overcoming
          Cultural Influences
In every age, one of the
 greatest challenges of the
 people of God is to
 overcome the cultural
 influences around them.
Perhaps no church
 illustrates that challenge
 greater than the church at
 Corinth.
The Establishment of the
  Corinthian Church
    “And Crispus, the leader of
    the synagogue, believed in
    the Lord with all his
    household, and many of the
    Corinthians when they heard
    were believing and being
    baptized.” (Acts 18:8)
 Cultural Background of the
     Corinthian Church
• The city had a religiously diverse
  culture, where idolatry was well-
  entrenched.
• Temples were dedicated to deities
  (Apollo, Zeus, Aphroditius, “God
  of Healing,” etc.
• Temples were also dedicated to
  emperors
Looking at Old Corinth from the top of Acrocorinth.
Temple of Apollo
These three ornate Corinthian columns, topped by a
restored architrave, are all that remain of a temple,
standing on a platform, dedicated to the sister of the
Emperor Augustus.
“ So, my dear friends,
flee from the worship
of idols.”
            (1 Corinthians 10:14)
     Quick Verse Life Application Bible
 Cultural Background of the
     Corinthian Church
• The idolatry created other
  problems for the new Christians.
   What about buying meat in the
    market place?
   What if it had been offered to idols?
“So, then, as to the question of
taking food offered to images, we
are certain that an image is
nothing in the world, and that there
is no God but one. ”
 (1 Corinthians 8:4, Basic English Bible)
“For this reason, if food is a cause
of trouble to my brother, I will give
up taking meat for ever, so that I
may not be a cause of trouble to my
brother. ”
(1 Corinthians 8:13, Basic English Bible)
“If someone who isn’t a Christian asks you
home for dinner, go ahead; accept the invitation
if you want to. Eat whatever is offered to you
and don’t ask any questions about it. Your
conscience should not be bothered by this. 28But
suppose someone warns you that this meat has
been offered to an idol. Don’t eat it, out of
consideration for the conscience of the one who
told you. 29It might not be a matter of conscience
for you, but it is for the other person.”
                        (1 Corinthians 10:27-29)
               Quick Verse Life Application Bible
 Cultural Background of the
     Corinthian Church
• It was also a city where moral
  standards were very loose.
• The temple on Acrocorinth had
  temple prostitutes.
Acrocorinth
    Challenges Facing the
     Corinthian Church
•“Flee immorality. Every other
 sin that a man commits is
 outside the body, but the
 immoral man sins against his
 own body. “
 (1 Corinthians 6:18)
 Cultural Background of the
     Corinthian Church
• And it was a city where
  competition prevailed in almost all
  spheres.
“Now I exhort you, brethren, by
the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that you all agree, and
there be no divisions among you,
but you be made complete in the
same mind and in the same
judgment.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
Now I mean this, that each
one of you is saying, “I am of
Paul,” and “I of Apollos,”
and “I of Cephas” and “I of
Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:12)
 Today’s Cultural Challenges
•Religious diversity
  Many churches & faiths arguing to
   accept them all
•Increasing moral liberalism
  “Living together”
  Homosexuality
•Intimidating intellectualism
  The Bible isn’t important anymore
Like the church at
Corinth, we must
resist the tendency
to “political
correctness.”
Instead of being
captured by the
culture, we must set
the pace for the
culture by showing
them the right way
to view life.
We must uphold,
without any
compromise, the
authority of Jesus
and His teaching.

								
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