Summary: Gods call is much like the game "Marco Polo", if there is no response when you are called, nothing can happen.
1Corinthians 1: 1-3
Intro: If you remember back before the holidays, we finished going through 1 John. This morning we are starting a new series of sermons out of 1 Corinthians. We will still work our way through 1 Corinthians and Genesis on a bi-weekly series throughout the year.
. The city of Corinth still exists today in Greece. It is a small town today with a very rich and prosperous past.
. In Paul’s day, it was a very prosperous and thriving city. All overland traffic north and south from the coast to Athens went through Corinth.
.Greece is divided into two parts with water separating the two sections. Sailing around the southern part to reach Athens was very treacherous and very time consuming. There was a saying in those days about sailing around the southern tip of Greece. The sailors would say, “A sailor never takes a journey around Malea,( the southern peninsula) until he first writes his will.”
. A very treacherous journey. Some smart engineer devised a way for the ships to be moved across land from one side of the water to the other. They would pull the ships out of the water and roll them on skids across poles and rounded wood to the other side. This was a four mile pull that was very safe verses the 250 mile hazardous journey. Most Captains chose the overland route.
. All those ships had to pass right by the outskirts of Corinth, making Corinth a very suburban and cosmopolitan city.
. Think of it as Atlanta being the hub of the southeast with our airport here being the busiest airport in America. Corinth was the hub of the southern part of Greece.
. Corinth was also important as an entertainment and sports venues. The two great sporting events in history were the Olympian Games and the Isthmian games. These games rivaled the Olympics. Corinth was the home of the Isthmian games.
. The famous temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was located atop the highest point there in Corinth with as many as one thousand temple prostitutes making themselves available to all the traffic that came through the area.
. Corinth had a reputation for moral corruption. When people of that time were found to be morally corrupt, they were referred to as a corinthiazesthai which meant to act as a Corinthian.
. It was into this culture that Paul visited Corinth and founded the church there.
. Acts chapter 18 chronicles the birth of the church in Corinth. Paul spent a year and one half there. Starting and stabilizing the church in Corinth and I believe that they had a special place in Paul’s heart.
. After Paul left, problems arose within the church in Corinth. Factions materialized and people started taking sides and started showing loyalty to pastor teachers rather than God.
. They also had a problem detaching themselves from the corrupt society that was so prevalent and part of their society. The world was creeping into the church and Paul took the time to pen this epistle or letter urging them to correct the problems that had come into the church.