Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Paul shows the new Christians in Corinth that all of life's most complex problems can be seen through the lens of the gospel.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of 1 Corinthians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of 1 Corinthians, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
About 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians challenges believers to examine every area of life through the lens of the gospel. Specifically, Paul addresses divisions, food, sex, worship gatherings and the resurrection. He reminds believers that the Church is not a popularity contest, followers of Jesus cannot compromise when it comes to sexual integrity, the core principle of worship gatherings is love for others, and the resurrection gives us a reason for unity, motivation to maintain sexual purity, ability to love other people more than ourselves and ultimate hope for victory over death.
Our belief that Jesus was raised from the dead makes the gospel more than moral advice or a recipe for private spirituality. It opens a whole new reality for every area of our life.
Church is not a popularity contest. It's a community of people centered around Jesus, and its teachers and leaders are all servants of Jesus
Being a follower of Jesus involves sexual integrity. He is redeeming our bodies, and our physical actions reveal our response to His love and grace.
Love decides what we eat. God loved us when he died for us, and we should be willing to deny ourselves and care for the wellbeing of others first.
Worship gatherings should be orderly, not distracting. When worshippers serve and act in love, other believers and visitors are built up and hear from God.
The resurrection anchors 1 Corinthians and Christian life. It unifies, motivates sexual purity, empowers us to love and gives us hope for victory over death.