1 Corinthians

Author: Paul

Period: Early 55 A.D.

Summary: Written to the congregation at Corinth by the apostle Paul. He deals with a series of problems, including the presence of sin and false teaching in the newly formed church. Most members were from a promiscuous pagan background and were exhorted to put away their previous ways. There also were difficulties with those who tried to mix the teachings of Christ with the Levitical law.


Key Verses: “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.” 1 Corinthians 1:17

“. . . we preach Christ crucified . . . to them who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24


Introduction: Chapter 1:1-9

Reproof: concerning schisms: Chapter 1:10 – 4:21

Correction: concerning inconsistencies: Chapter 5:1 – 6:20

Instruction: answers to problems: Chapter 7:1 -15:58

  • Concerning the marriage state: 7:1-17
  • Regarding circumcision and slavery: 7:18-24
  • Regarding virgins and marriage: 7:25-40
  • Regarding meat offered to idols: 8:1-11:1
  • Regarding women in the church: 11:2-16
  • Regarding the Lord’s supper: 11:17-34
  • Regarding Spirit gifts: 12:1 -14:40
  • Regarding the resurrection: 15:1-58

General matters: Chapter 16:1-24