Corinth was a wealthy, multicultural, spiritually diverse, and entertainment cultural hub in ancient Greece. It has been described as the “New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas” of the ancient world. Into this city, God planted his church (see Acts 18:1-17). The Apostle Paul wrote 1 Corinthians about 3 years after starting the church, dating this letter as one of the oldest New Testament documents (written around AD 54-55).
1 Corinthians is written to a church that faced division, sinful abuse of Christian liberty, and confusion over several theological truths. In the end, Paul’s love and care for the church is based not on the Corinthian’s successes or failures, but on the powerful grace of God at work among the believers in Corinth.