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The church in Corinth was out of order. The church should have been exerting a powerful positive influence on the city. However, the corruption of the city was exerting its powerful influence on the church! Amidst shameless pride, rivalry, carnality, and chaos, God appointed a man not of the evil times, but for His work for the times. This chosen one delighted in . . . serving! Thus, Peter Magnuson introduces Stephanus, a seemingly insignificant father who dared to lead his family in authentic ministry under less-than-best circumstances. God still uses such fathers and their families in churches and cities today.