The First Letter to the Corinthians was composed by the Apostle Paul to addresses the many problems in the church in Corinth.
AUTHOR. There is little doubt that it was Paul the Apostle.
RECIPIENTS. The Christians believers in Corinth. Paul had founded their community in about 51 AD, during his first missionary journey (see Acts 18).
PLACE AND DATE. About 56 AD, while Paul was in Ephesus on his third missionary journey.
PURPOSE: Paul addresses the many problems in the church in Corinth: divisions, incest, discrimination against unmarried believers, misuse of charismatic gifts, idolatry, and a lack of understanding of the resurrection.
He calls them to become imitators of Jesus Christ
THEME. A message of purpose and hope for profoundly misdirected people.
We Christians are called to be saints. We were given Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
PROBLEMS WITHIN THE CHURCH IN CORINTH
We should overcome divisions and be unified. We matter to God Almighty.
Paul recalls his arrival in Corinth, and his resolution for ministry there. What we offer people is spiritual wisdom.
The believers in Corinth were acting like babies. They needed to drop their partisanship. A solid rock foundation survives the fire.
Leaders are to be faithful stewards. The resume of an authentic apostle is not what we would imagine. Leaders care for people like a parent.
A Christian in Corinth was in an incestuous relationship with his stepmother. Paul calls the congregation to banish him.
The believers were suing each other in the secular court. Christian believers have freedom. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
ANSWERS TO THEIR QUESTIONS
Spouses are authorize to give sexual pleasure. Abstinence during marriage. Singleness is simpler. The Pauline privilege. Devotion to God.
Some Christians have not yet been enlightened by the Holy Spirit. They feel false guilt about eating food that was sacrificed to idols.
Christian believers are to financially support those who sow the faith. It is urgently important that we go evangelize the world.
Warnings from the Old Testament. Flee from idolatry. All things are permissible. Do all for the glory of God.
We are to imitate the example we see in Paul. Are women still required to wear head-coverings? Factions among Christians nullify the Lord’s Supper.
When the Holy Spirit is in your own life, you’ll have a spiritual gift. What is your gift? Do you know what it is? Are you able to put it into practice?
Our spiritual gifts are amazing and wonderful tools than help us build other people up. However, love is greater than any supernatural gift.
Paul hopes everybody will speak in tongues. But prophecy benefits everybody. Paul wants women in Corinth to be silent in church.
Paul affirms the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the resurrection of the dead. He describes the resurrection body. The resurrection is victory itself.
Paul asks them to take up a collection for the believers in Jerusalem. He shares his missionary travel plans. He gives final instructions, and concludes.
Here are some great verses to memorize!
1 Corinthians 1:17. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Good News—not in wisdom of words, so that the cross of Christ wouldn’t be made void.
1 Corinthians 1:22. For Jews ask for signs, Greeks seek after wisdom,
1 Corinthians 1:23. but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews, and foolishness to Greeks,
1 Corinthians 1:26. For you see your calling, brothers, that not many are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, and not many noble;
1 Corinthians 1:27. but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world that he might put to shame the things that are strong.
1 Corinthians 2:2. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:12. But we received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God.
1 Corinthians 3:13. each man’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each man’s work is.
1 Corinthians 3:14. If any man’s work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward.
1 Corinthians 3:16. Don’t you know that you are a temple of God, and that God’s Spirit lives in you?
1 Corinthians 4:13. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 4:20. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (NAB)
1 Corinthians 6:19. Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
1 Corinthians 6:20. for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 9:14. In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. (NIV translation)
1 Corinthians 9:24. Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win.
1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:31. Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 12:7. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV translation)
1 Corinthians 12:26. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (NIV translation)
1 Corinthians 13:1. If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:2. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:3. If I give away all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:4. Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud,
1 Corinthians 13:5. doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;
1 Corinthians 13:6. doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
1 Corinthians 13:7. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:8. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.
1 Corinthians 13:9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
1 Corinthians 13:10. but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with.
1 Corinthians 13:11. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:12. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:13. But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 15:3. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:4. that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:57. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:58. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 16:13. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (NIV)
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