The heathen temples in ancient Corinth were renown throughout the region for their wicked idolatrous worship and activity. It was in this city, however, that Paul spent a year and a half planting a New Testament church. Acts 18:8 records the fruit of Paul’s labor: “And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.”

Even in a pagan city, a great church was formed with a simple biblical formula—the Word of God was preached, people heard, they believed, and then they identified with the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes we bemoan the fact that America is becoming more pagan—we see it everywhere. Yet, if God could build a church in the city of Corinth, He can build a church anywhere by the power of His Gospel.

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