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The FIRST Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the CORINTHIANS.
-Study Info-WRITER. The Apostle Paul. His relation to the church at Corinth is set forth in Ac 18.1-18 and in the Epistles to the Corinthians.

DATE. First Corinthians was written in A.D. 59, at the close of Paul's three year's residence in Ephesus. Ac 20:31; 1Co 16:5-8.

THEME. The subjects treated are various, but may all be classified under the general theme, Christian conduct. Even the tremendous revelation of the truth concerning resurrection is made to bear upon that theme 1Co 15:58. The occasion of the Epistle was a letter on inquiry from Corinth concerning marriage, and the use of meats offered to idols 1Co 7:1; 8 but the apostle was much more exercised by reports of the deepening divisions and increasing contentions in the church, and of a case of incest which had not been judged 1Co 1:10-12; 5:1.

The factions were not due to heresies, but to the carnality of the restless Corinthians, and to their Greek admiration of "wisdom" and eloquence. The abomination of human leadership in the things of God is here rebuked. Minor disorders were due to vanity, yielding to a childish delight in tongue and the sign gifts, rather than to sober instruction (1Co 14:1-28). Paul defends his apostleship because it involved the authority of the doctrine revealed through him.

A rigid analysis of First Corinthians is not possible, The Epistle is not a treatise, but came from the Spirit through the apostle's grief, solicitude, and holy indignation. The following analysis may, however, be helpful.

1. Introduction: The believer's standing in grace, 1.1-9.
2. The contrast of their present factious state, 1.10-4.21.
3. Immorality rebuked; discipline enjoined, 5.1-6,8.
4. The sanctity of the body, and Christian marriage, 6.9-7,40.
5. Meats, and the limitations of Christian liberty, 8.1-11.1.
6. Christian order and the Lord's Supper, 11.2-34
7. Spiritual gifts in relation to the body, the church, and Christian ministry, 12.1-14,40.
8. The resurrection of the dead, 15.1-58
9. Special directions and greetings, 16.1-24.


Ref: The Scofield Reference Bible.

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BIBLE STUDIES FOR: 1 CORINTHIANS >>TOTAL: 20
1. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-25
11-29-1981  S.S.  45:36   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-25

Part 1. The believer`s position in grace.
Part 2. The contrast of the unspiritual state of the Corinthians saints with their exalted standing in Christ.
1. They were following human leaders, thus dividing the body of Christ.
2. They were exulting in human wisdom, which is foolishness in the things of God.
3. Any way the Corinthian believers were not of the wise.
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2. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:26-2:16
12-06-1981  S.S.  45:07   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 1:26-2:16

Part 2. The contrast of the unspiritual state of the Corinthians saints with their exalted standing in Christ.(Cont).
3. Any way the Corinthian beleivers were not of the wise.
4. They are reminded that the Christian revelation owes nothing to human wisdom.
4a. Paul did not use it.
4b. Spititual verities are not discoverable by human wisdom.
4c. But God has revealed them to prepared men.
4d. The revealed things are taught in words given by the Spirit.
4e. The revealed things are spiritually discerned.
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3. 1 CORINTHIANS 3:1-23
12-13-1981  S.S.  45:31   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 3:1-23

Part 2. The contrast of the unspiritual state of the Corinthians saints with their exalted standing in Christ.(Cont).
5. A carnal state prevents spiritual growth.
6. God only is any thing in Christian service.
7. Christian service and its reward.
7a. The only foundation.
7b. Two kinds of ministry and their results.
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4. 1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-21
12-20-1981  S.S.  45:30   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 4:1-21

Part 2. The contrast of the unspiritual state of the Corinthians saints with their exalted standing in Christ.
7. Christian service and its reward.(Cont).
7c. Judgment of Christ`s servants is not committed to men.
8. The apostolic example of humility and patience.
9. But there is such a thing as apostolic authority.
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5. 1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-13
12-27-1981  S.S.  44:20   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-13

Part 3. Immorality rebuked, discipline enjoined.
Indifference to evil in the church the result of divisions.
      
6. 1 CORINTHIANS 6:1-20
01-03-1982  S.S.  45:15   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 6:1-20

Part 3. Immorality rebuked, discipline enjoined.(Cont).
Saints forbidden to go to law with each other.
Part 4. The sanctity of the body, and marriage.
1. The body is holy: Because washed and justified.
2. Because the body is the Lord`s.
3. Because the body is a temple.
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7. 1 CORINTHIANS 7:1-24
01-10-1982  S.S.  39:02   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 7:1-24

Part 4. The sanctity of the body, and marriage.(Cont).
4. Because God has established marriage.
The regulation of marriage among Gentile believers.
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8. 1 CORINTHIANS 7:25-8:13
01-17-1982  S.S.  45:14   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 7:25-8:13

Part 4. The sanctity of the body, and marriage.
4. Because God has established marriage.
The regulation of marriage among Gentile believers.(Cont).
Part 5. Meats and the limitations of Christian liberty.
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9. 1 CORINTHIANS 9:1-27
01-24-1982  S.S.  45:16   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 9:1-27

Part 5. Meats and the limitations of Christian liberty.(Cont).
Paul vindicates his apostleship.
They who preach the Gospel are to live of the Gospel.
The method and reward of true ministry.
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10. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:1-33
01-31-1982  S.S.  45:11   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 10:1-33

Part 5. Meats and the limitations of Christian liberty.(Cont).
Israel in the wilderness a warning example.
Fellowship at the Lord`s table demands separation.
The law of love in relation to eating and drinking.
      
11. 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1-16
02-07-1982  S.S.  44:11   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 11:1-16

Part 6. Christian order and the Lord`s supper.
      
12. 1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-34
02-14-1982  S.S.  40:31   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 11:17-34

Part 6. Christian order and the Lord`s supper.(Cont).
Disorders at the Lord`s table rebuked.
The order and meaning of the Lord`s table.
      
13. 1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-11
02-21-1982  S.S.  37:01   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-11

Part 7. Spiritual gifts in the body of Christ for ministry and worship.
True ministry is the exercise of spiritual gifts.
      
14. 1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-31
02-28-1982  S.S.  37:47   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-31

Part 7. Spiritual gifts in the body of Christ for ministry and worship.(Cont).
Every believer is a member of Christ`s body and as such has a difinite ministry.
      
15. 1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13
03-07-1982  S.S.  45:14   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13

Part 7. Spiritual gifts in the body of Christ for ministry and worship.(Cont).
The ministry gifts must be governed by love.
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16. 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1-22
03-14-1982  S.S.  43:07   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 14:1-22

Part 7. Spiritual gifts in the body of Christ for ministry and worship.(Cont).
Prophecy is the greatest of the gifts.
      
17. 1 CORINTHIANS 14:23-40
03-21-1982  S.S.  37:14   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 14:23-40

Part 7. Spiritual gifts in the body of Christ for ministry and worship.(Cont).
The order of the ministry of gifts in the local church.
      
18. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-34
03-28-1982  S.S.  44:53   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 15:1-34

Part 8. The coming of the Lord and the first resurrection.
1. The facts of Christ`s resurrection.
2. The importance of Christ`s resurrection.
3. The order of the resurrections.
      
19. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-58
04-04-1982  S.S.  41:16   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-58

Part 8. The coming of the Lord and the first resurrection.(Cont).
4. The method of resurrection.
5. Not all believers will not die.
6. The final victory over death.
7. The ultimate victory a motive for service.
      
20. 1 CORINTHIANS 16:1-24
04-11-1982  S.S.  38:15   -15
OutlineSubject(s)1 CORINTHIANS 16:1-24

Part 9. Closing instructions and greetings.
      
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*Subjects - by Rev. C.I. Scofield, D.D. - The Scofield Reference Bible.