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1st Corinthians

Author – Paul
Time – 55 – 57 A.D.

Summary – Written to the church at Corinth by the Apostle Paul. He deals with a series of problems and false teachings that were present in the newly formed church. Most members were from an immoral pagan background and were encouraged to change their way of life. There were also problems with those who tried to "blend" the teachings of Christ with the Law of Moses.

Christ: The wisdom of God to us

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 v 17

"But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God"
1Corinthians 1 v 24

"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."
1Corinthians 2 v 7 & 8

Introduction – Chapter 1 v 1 to 9

Reproof: Concerning divisions – Chapter 1 v 10 to 4 v 21

Correction: Concerning inconsistencies – Chapter 5 v 1 to 6 v 20

Instruction: Answers to problems – Chapter 7 v 1 to 15 v 58

7 v 1 to 17

Concerning the marriage state

7 v 18 to 24

Regarding circumcision and slavery

7 v 25 to 40

Regarding virgins and marriage

8 v 1 to 11 v 1

Regarding meat offered to idols

11 v 2 to 16

Regarding sisters in the ecclesia

11 v 17 to 34

Regarding the Lord’s Supper

12 v 1 to 14 v 40

Regarding Spirit gifts

15 v 1 to 58

Regarding the resurrection

General Matters – Chapter 16 v 1 to 24

2nd Corinthians

Author – Paul
Time – 55 – 57 A.D.

Summary – This second letter to the church at Corinth was also penned by Paul. It was written after he made a "painful" and unsuccessful visit to the young church in an attempt to give instruction and guidance on several divisive issues. Upon learning that a majority of members had repented, he wrote the letter of 2nd Corinthians. It gives encouragement, yet teaches of the suffering that each member must face for the Lord Jesus’ sake. He concludes by surmising that when he is weakest, then God is able to work through him most powerfully. This letter was, in all likelihood, written about six months after the first letter to the Corinthians.

Christ: The comfort of God to us

Key Verses – "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1 v 3 and 4

Introduction: The voice of experience – Chapter 1 v 1 to 11

Explanation: Paul the minister – Chapter 1 v 12 to 5 v 21

1 v 12 to 2 v 11

Concerning his motives

2 v 12 to 5 v 21

Concerning the ministry

Exhortation: Paul the father – Chapter 6 v 1 to 9 v 15

6 v 1 to 7 v 1

Concerning spiritual matters

8 v 1 to 9 v 1

Concerning material matters

Vindication: Paul the Apostle – Chapter 10 v 1 to 12 v 18

10 v 1 to 11 v 1

The critics and their pretensions

11 v 16 to 12 v 18

The apostle and his credentials

Conclusion: Future Intentions – Chapter 12 v 19 to 13 v 14

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