The Corinthian Correspondence
Have you ever wished our church could be more like the first century church? I have and do. No doubt we have the image of a small, closely knit community of believers who are radically committed to each other and, despite their numbers, turning their town upside down with the gospel. What an exciting ideal!
Unfortunately, the reality of the early churches do not exactly match that image.
The church in Corinth is a good example. It had several excellent teachers and leaders, yet it struggled with many of the same problems that plague churches today. It is a good example of what a church looks like when it is carrying out its commission to “preach the gospel to every creature.”
1 and 2 Corinthians, though dealing with serious problems, make for encouraging reading. They point out the fact that there is no formula for instant spirituality. Discipleship is a process. It requires change, and change takes time.
So if at times we lament we are less than Christlike, we should take heart! Our brothers and sisters at Corinth walked this same path before us. Like us, they were a work in progress, an assembly of sinners saved by grace, and committed to conform to the image of Him who called them out of darkness and into the light of God’s kingdom.