1 Corinthians Bible Study Guide
A simple verse by verse guide to the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. It’s great for individual or group use. Every chapter has thought provoking discussion questions to aid study and sample answers are provided.
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Read about Paul’s first visit to Corinth in Acts 18:1-18. In Corinth he met Aquila and Priscilla, who became his lifelong friends and co-workers. Paul and they were of the same trade (they were tent makers i.e. weavers). He lived and worked with them for the duration of his stay in the city.
Paul soon began to reason with the Jews and Greek proselytes in the local synagogue, expounding from the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ. The chief content of his reasoning centred on those scriptures which predicted the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 1:23; 15:3-4). Paul had considerable success through this method. Luke informs us that not only the synagogue ruler and his family, but also many other Corinthians, were converted (Acts 18:8).
When the remainder of the Jews became hardened and opposed his message, Paul took his new converts and began meetings in the house of Justus, who had believed in Christ (Acts 18:7).
Paul remained for eighteen months teaching the word of God in Corinth, being encouraged by a vision promising him protection and fruitful labour.
The Lord said to Paul by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent, because I am with you, and no one will assault you to harm you, because I have many people in this city.” Acts 18:9-10.
Although the Jews rose up against the church, their complaints were soundly dismissed by city authorities (Acts 18:12-17). There are no further explicit references to the persecution of the young church subsequent to this.