1 Corinthians Bible Study

Summary

The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, probably written about 53–54 ce at Ephesus, Asia Minor, deals with problems that arose in the early years after Paul's initial missionary visit (c. 50–51) to Corinth and his establishment there of a Christian community. Paul's message in the first chapter of 1 Corinthians is one of unity and humility. He speaks harshly against the idea of any sort of division in the church. He also exhorts the readers to not get caught up in human ideals and values.

Introduction

A challenge from the book of 1 Corinthians, Chapters 1-16 (King James Version edition)

Steps (17)

Step 1: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 1

Paul, to the church in Corinth. Let there be no divisions. The cross is folly to those perishing, but to us it is the power of God.

Step 2: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 2

I knew nothing among you except Christ crucified. We speak the wisdom of God. Through the Spirit we know what God has freely given.

Step 3: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 3

You are still infants. One follows Paul, another Apollos. We are co-workers with God. Christ is the foundation. You are God's temple.

Step 4: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 4

Think of us as stewards of the mysteries of God. You are kings already? We are fools for Christ. I admonish you as my dear children.

Step 5: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 5

You boast about the sexual immorality among you. You should deliver that man to Satan. But I am not judging those outside the church.

Step 6: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 6

Do you take one another to court? Why not rather be wronged? Your body is not for sexual immorality, it is a temple of the Spirit.

Step 7: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 7

It is good to stay unmarried, but better to marry than to burn with lust. Each should live as God has called. I want you to be free.

Step 8: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 8

About food offered to idols: An idol is nothing. There is only one God. But if food makes my brother stumble I will never eat meat.

Step 9: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 9

You are the seal of my apostleship. Do we not have the right to material support? But I made myself a servant to all for the gospel.

Step 10: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 10

Do not desire evil as our fathers did. God will make you able to endure temptation. Flee from idolatry. Do all to the glory of God.

Step 11: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 11

The head of a woman is her husband. I hear that some go hungry when you meet! With the bread and cup you proclaim the Lord's death.

Step 12: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 12

Now there are various spiritual gifts, but one Spirit. If the whole body were an eye, how would it hear? You are the body of Christ.

Step 13: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 13

Without love I am nothing. Love is patient, does not boast, endures all things. Tongues will cease, but faith, hope and love remain.

Step 14: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 14

Tongues edifies the speaker, prophecy edifies the church. Each of you brings a hymn, a lesson or a tongue. Let all be done in order.

Step 15: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 15

Christ was raised from the dead. If not then your faith is futile. But he is the firstfruits. At the trumpet we will all be changed.

Step 16: 1 Corinthians - Chapter 16

Put aside an offering for the saints. I will come to you. The churches of Asia greet you. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Step 17: Quiz

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