Moving On

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on July 27, 2014
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Corinth was the capital of the Roman province of Achaia. Athens, only 45 miles northeast, gave Corinth a position of strategic commercial importance and military defense. The city was located so that it had access to two seas − the Aegean about five miles to the east and the Ionian on the west.

The temple of Poseidon was given over to the worship of the Corinthian Aphrodite (probably a counterpart of the Syrian Astarte), whose temple had more than 1,000 female prostitutes. Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus.

– Aquila and Priscilla were a couple who associated with Paul from early on.

– Paul often went to the synagogue in the many cities he entered because of his desire to win the Jews (as he forcefully expressed in Romans 9:1-3) and because it afforded him opportunity to speak to many people at one time.

–The effort remains the same, testifying that Jesus is the Christ, but today the challenge is presenting who Jesus is, what he has done, and what he will do.

– No matter how passionate your desire is to help another soul to accept Christ or to change in any way, if he or she does not want it, you cannot make the person change. We must accept the fact the God gave each of us free will that He always honors and we are to do the same.

Paul was one of the most determined, resilient, and flexible men to ever live. Nothing stopped him. Ephesians 6:10-ff

– Although he did not have success with the majority of Jews, he did reach Crispus, the leader of the synagogue.

– Do not be afraid; go on speaking; do not be silent. I am with you.

– Apollos followed Paul in Corinth, and Paul followed Apollos in Ephesus.

1 Corinthians 1:14
Crispus and Sosthenes 1 Corinthians 1:1

1 Corinthians 1:10-13
– Divisions over which man to follow, the first of eleven major concerns are confronted, ten of which are behavioral and one doctrinal (chapter 15, the resurrection)

1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Sexual immorality

Going to the world to settle problems

Again, sexual immorality

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