Imagine a small group of new Christians in an urban center, struggling to live the Christian life. They have come from all sorts of backgrounds. Some of them have been involved in the grossest forms of human behavior.
A few years before, a person named Paul had come to them proclaiming the good news that they could rise above the despair and debauchery of their world through the power of God. He taught them about Jesus. After Paul had gone away uncertainty began to develop within the group and various opinions about how to live the Christian life were expressed. Some people began to return to the patterns of life they had known in the past. So Paul wrote the Corinthian Christians and gave his instructions regarding the problems among their congregation about which he had received word. Those instructions are still crucial for our congregations today.