1 & 2 Corinthians
The Corinthian letters are some of the most helpful documents to assist churches living in a pagan culture. The culture of immorality, the cult of personality, the atmosphere of litigation, and the culture of Christianity lite were rampant then and still are today. Our culture is very much like ancient Corinth - churches today lack discipline and are dominated by feminism, pagan philosophy, and idolatry. In both books, Paul answers various questions to help the church make its way through various issues that believers struggle with after salvation and through the process of sanctification.
In 2 Corinthians, after Paul’s first 18-month visit to Corinth, the church fell into disarray and was subjected to false teachers who slandered Paul. Paul sent Titus to survey the situation and found that while the majority had repented, there were still some in opposition. Paul writes a very personal letter defending his apostleship and his message. Paul has many detractors in Corinth, and he goes to great length to answer the accusations of these detractors.
Scott T. Brown is the President of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches and pastor at Hope Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scott graduated from California State University in Fullerton with a degree in History and received a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology. He gives his time to expository preaching and local pastoral ministry, as well as conferences on Biblical doctrine and church and family reformation. He and his wife Deborah have four grown children. Scott helps people think through the two greatest evangelistic and discipleship institutions God has provided — the church and the family.