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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE
CORINTHIANS

OUTLINE

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  1. Introduction -- the initial gifts and the participation in Christ -- 1:1-9
  2. Dealing with divisions -- 1:10--4:21
    1. Christ and His cross, the unique solution to all problems in the church -- 1:10-31
      1. Christ not divided -- vv.10-17
      2. Christ crucified, God's power and God's wisdom -- vv.18-25
      3. Christ, our wisdom: righteousness, sanctification, and redemption -- vv.26-31
    2. Christ crucified, the center of the apostle's ministry -- 2:1-16
      1. The way of the apostle's ministry -- vv.1-5
      2. God's wisdom in a mystery -- Christ as the deep things of God -- vv.6-10
      3. Interpreting spiritual things with spiritual words to spiritual men -- vv.11-16
    3. The church, God's cultivated land and God's building -- 3:1-23
      1. Growth in life needed -- vv.1-9
      2. Built with transformed materials, not with natural things -- vv.10-17
      3. All things for the church and the church for Christ -- vv.18-23
    4. Stewards of the mysteries of God -- 4:1-21
      1. Faithful servants of Christ -- vv.1-5
      2. A spectacle both to angels and to men -- vv.6-9
      3. The offscouring of the world and the scum of all things -- vv.10-13
      4. The begetting father -- vv.14-21
  3. Dealing with an evil brother -- 5:1-13
    1. The evil one judged -- vv.1-5
    2. Keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread -- vv.6-8
    3. Removing the evil one from the church -- vv.9-13
  4. Dealing with lawsuits among believers -- 6:1-11
    1. The judgment of the church -- vv.1-8
    2. Those not qualified to inherit the kingdom of God -- vv.9-11
  5. Dealing with the abuse of freedom -- 6:12-20
    1. A basic principle -- v.12
    2. The use of the body -- vv.13-20
  6. Dealing with marriage life -- 7:1-40
    1. Concerning the gift not to marry -- vv.1-7
    2. Concerning the unmarried and the widows -- vv.8-9
    3. Concerning the married -- vv.10-16
    4. Remaining in the status of one's calling -- vv.17-24
    5. Concerning keeping virginity -- vv.25-38
    6. Concerning remarriage -- vv.39-40
  7. Dealing with the eating of things sacrificed to idols -- 8:1--11:1
    1. An inadvisable eating -- 8:1-13
      1. Not according to love, which builds up -- vv.1-3
      2. Idols being nothing -- vv.4-7
      3. Food not commending us to God -- v.8
      4. Stumbling weak brothers -- vv.9-13
    2. The apostle's vindication -- 9:1-27
      1. His qualifications -- vv.1-3
      2. His rights -- vv.4-15
      3. His faithfulness -- vv.16-23
      4. His endeavor -- vv.24-27
    3. The type of Israel -- 10:1-13
      1. Baptized unto Moses -- vv.1-2
      2. Eating the same spiritual food and drinking the same spiritual drink -- vv.3-4
      3. Most of them strewn along in the wilderness -- vv.5-13
    4. Keeping the Lord's table from idolatry -- 10:14-22
      1. The fellowship of the Lord's blood and body -- vv.14-18
      2. The separation of the Lord's table from the demons' table -- vv.19-22
    5. The proper eating -- 10:23--11:1
      1. Building up others, seeking their advantage -- 10:23-30, 32-33
      2. To the glory of God -- 10:31
      3. Imitating the apostle -- 11:1
  8. Dealing with head covering -- 11:2-16
    1. The headship in the universe -- vv.2-3
    2. The head covering -- vv.4-6
    3. The reasons -- vv.7-15
    4. No contention -- v.16
  9. Dealing with the Lord's supper -- 11:17-34
    1. The rebuking of the disorder -- vv.17-22
    2. The review of the definition -- vv.23-26
    3. The need of proving and discerning -- vv.27-29
    4. The discipline of the Lord -- vv.30-34
  10. Dealing with the gifts -- 12:1--14:40
    1. The governing principle -- 12:1-3
    2. The manifestation of the Spirit -- 12:4-11
    3. One Body with many members -- 12:12-27
      1. The constitution of the Body -- vv.12-13
      2. The indispensability of the members -- vv.14-22
      3. The blending together of the members -- vv.23-27
    4. The placing of the gifts -- 12:28-31
    5. The excellent way for exercising the gifts -- 13:1-13
      1. The need of love -- vv.1-3
      2. The definition of love -- vv.4-7
      3. The excelling of love -- vv.8-13
    6. The excelling of prophesying -- 14:1-25
      1. Building up the church more -- vv.1-19
      2. Convicting people more -- vv.20-25
    7. Functioning in the church -- 14:26-40
      1. Concerning each one -- v.26
      2. Concerning speaking in tongues -- vv.27-28
      3. Concerning prophesying -- vv.29-33a
      4. Concerning women -- vv.33b-38
      5. Conclusion -- vv.39-40
  11. Dealing with the matter of resurrection -- 15:1-58
    1. Christ's resurrection -- vv.1-11
      1. Preached -- vv.1-4
      2. Witnessed -- vv.5-11
    2. The rebuttal to ``No resurrection'' -- vv.12-19
    3. The history of resurrection -- vv.20-28
    4. The moral influence of resurrection -- vv.29-34
    5. The definition of resurrection -- vv.35-49
      1. The body of resurrection -- vv.35-44
      2. A spiritual body -- vv.45-49
    6. The victory of resurrection -- vv.50-58
      1. Incorruption over corruption -- vv.50-53
      2. Life over death -- vv.54-57
      3. A motive for the work of the Lord -- v.58
  12. Dealing with the collection of the gift -- 16:1-9
    1. The apostle's direction -- vv.1-3
    2. The apostle's desire -- vv.4-9
  13. Conclusion -- 16:10-24
    1. Intimate charges -- vv.10-18
    2. Greetings and warning -- vv.19-24

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