Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians was directed to a deeply troubled church in the midst of a very challenging world. The problem was that the church was contaminated by society’s sins and confused in its thinking.
If this sounds hauntingly familiar it is because it hits perilously close to home. Today’s church finds herself in a frighteningly secular world, one in which paganism is aggressive and militant. Opportunities are great but the church often seems to be as contaminated and confused as the church at Corinth.
Paul’s letter is a clarion call to the Christians in Corinth and to Christians today to come away from contamination and confusion and to function as salt and light.
Roger Ellsworth studied at the Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and the Mid-Western Baptist Seminary in the USA. He was Trustee of the South-Eastern Baptist Seminary, North Carolina, for nine years, and president of Illinois Baptist State Association. He is now engaged in itinerant preaching and teaching.
He has a number of books in print, including Exploring the fascinating life of Jesus; Foundations for the faith; Hold your course — 22 daily readings from the book of Colossians; Moses, God’s man for challenging times; The God of all comfort; Be patient, God hasn’t finished with me yet; The Guide — the Bible book by book; Faithful under fire; A promise is a promise; as well as other books in both the Welwyn Commentary Series, and the ‘What the Bible teaches’ series.