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Paul's letters to the Christians of Corinth reflect challenges facing the early church. Because the Corinthians lived in large, complex households and worshiped in house churches that reflected the city's diverse make-up, unity within diversity was an important issue. Other key issues were leadership and authority, ritual and practice, lifestyles and relationships.
Corinth had many as 150-200 Christians. Some were Jews; probably most were Gentile converts. All struggled with what it means to be made new in Jesus Christ. Paul tried to address these problems and to reconcile the conflicts that arose by calling for unity in the Body of Christ.
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Conflict and Community in the Corinthian Church, edited by J. Shannon Clarkson, is the spiritual growth study for United Methodist Women for the years 2000-2001. These web pages offer supplemental resources.
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