Paul shows the new Christians in Corinth that all of life's most complex problems can be seen through the lens of the gospel.
1 Corinthians challenges believers to examine every area of life through the lens of the gospel. Specifically, Paul addresses divisions, food, sex, worship gatherings and the resurrection.
Not about being popular
He reminds believers that the Church is not a popularity contest, followers of Jesus cannot compromise when it comes to sexual integrity, the core principle of worship gatherings is love for others, and the resurrection gives us a reason for unity, motivation to maintain sexual purity, ability to love other people more than ourselves and ultimate hope for victory over death.
Our belief that Jesus was raised from the dead makes the gospel more than moral advice or a recipe for private spirituality. It opens a whole new reality for every area of our life.
Church is not a popularity contest. It's a community of people centered around Jesus, and its teachers and leaders are all servants of Jesus
Being a follower of Jesus involves sexual integrity. He is redeeming our bodies, and our physical actions reveal our response to His love and grace.
Love decides what we eat. God loved us when he died for us, and we should be willing to deny ourselves and care for the wellbeing of others first.
Worship gatherings should be orderly, not distracting. When worshippers serve and act in love, other believers and visitors are built up and hear from God.
The resurrection anchors 1 Corinthians and Christian life. It unifies, motivates sexual purity, empowers us to love and gives us hope for victory over death.