In AD 50, the Apostle Paul landed in the bustling port city of Corinth. He spent about 18 months teaching that Jesus is the fulfillment of God's plan, the Gospel. In those months, a church was planted. Two years after Paul left Corinth, the church was in trouble. Divisions and factions had arisen. People were flaunting blatantly sinful lifestyles. Arguments over worship styles, clothing, food, spiritual gifts, and marriage were dividing the church. Members of the church were even suing each other. This is the setting into which Paul wrote a passionate letter to the church he planted - 1 Corinthians.
This week's passage is directed at leaders in the Church and the importance of caring howwe build God's house - because the day will come when leaders must stand to account for what they have helped to build.