Paul wrote this letter to the church at Corinth to encourage them to return to the healthy Christians lives from which they had strayed.
When Paul had first arrived at Corinth to preach the good news of Jesus, he found a city known for drunkenness, idolatry, fighting and a lack of love for one another. That was no surprise, they didn’t know Jesus.
Paul stayed there 18 months and many Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) came to Christ. The Corinthian church became known for the healthy changes they made, devotion to Christ and love for one another.
Now Paul had heard that the Corinthians were no longer choosing to follow God after he left their town. They were fighting over which of their leaders was the best and which spiritual gifts was the greatest. They had lost their focus on Jesus and had tolerated unholy living in the church.
Paul lovingly wrote to remind them to correct these errors. He also encouraged them to focus on the greatness of Christ and especially His miraculous resurrection.
Key New Testament Kids Application:
- Followers of Jesus are always in danger of allowing worldly ways to creep back into their lives and not focusing on Jesus. Ask your kids to describe how they would have felt if they had been there to see the resurrected Jesus? What would they have done? Take some time each day to focus on Jesus’ miraculous resurrection. It is not just for Easter.