17 September 2019 - 15 November 2019
A fallacy of modern days is the perception that the NT church, the church in its infancy, was a model of Christian purity and power and largely unaffected by some of the toxic influences and divisiveness that bedevils modern church life. This perception is greatly exaggerated and no NT epistle illustrates the same old ‘modern’ issues like the ancient church at Corinth. It is helpful to see the chinks in their armor, too, and to realize how God can still work with (and correct) serious imperfections in the body life of local congregations. Especially enlightening is to see how the Apostle Paul addressed these issues, which in principle are still hanging around our congregations today. The same diseases require the same prescriptions of God’s Word.