Mission Course Correction
In a letter to the church planted in Corinth just five years previously, Paul addresses the ungodliness plaguing the congregation there: immaturity, instability, divisions, jealousy and envy, lawsuits, marital difficulties, sexual immorality, and misuse of spiritual gifts. His tone is sternly parental, fatherly. All these issues were painful, embarrassing, destructive. But seemingly of deepest concern to Paul was how the mission drift concerning spiritual gifts was a contributing factor in all the other problems. He focuses much of his attention on the working of the Holy Spirit and the church’s wayward responding to that working. Two millennia later, his love-motivated admonitions bear repeating.