In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… 1Corinthians 1-4… Paul begins his first response to questions and curiosities sent to him by the Christians in Corinth.
Corinth was the capital city of Achaia; probably the wealthiest and most important cities in Greece. It was also the most corrupt. Being a center for trade, Corinth attracted all kinds of religions and philosophies. Paul founded the church in Corinth on his 2nd Missionary Journey, and ministered there about a year-and-a-half.
After he left, serious problems developed in the church. When Paul heard of it, he wrote a stern letter that was unsuccessful (1Cor. 5:9). Paul heard the church was divided… and a group arrived to Paul in Ephesus, asking Paul’s help regarding specific problems. The letter we call First Corinthians was his response.
In this letter, he dealt with sin in the church (ch.1-6). Then, he answered the questions they asked (ch.7-16)… questions concerning marriage (ch.7), idolatry (ch.8-10), public worship (ch.11), spiritual gifts (ch.12-14), the Resurrection (ch.15), and the special offering he was taking for the Jews (ch.16).
Paul had planted a church in the city; but, the city had gotten into the church… and that was the cause of their problems.
Take a self-check of your own life… Is more of the “city” getting into you, or more of you into the “city”?