1 Corinthians Application

        1) Are you having any of the same problems in your own life or in your church that the Corinthians had? Do you think this                letter has the answers for your problems or questions? How can you apply what you have learned?

        2) According to the context of 1 Corinthians 3, what does it mean to be a carnal or fleshly Christian? Remember, context                rules over all accurate interpretation.

        3) Are you untaught - ignorant - concerning spiritual gifts? Do you know about one or two of them but not the others? Have             you believed or even taught others in accord with what the whole counsel of God has to say on the subject, or have you             merely gone by your experience or reasoning? Do you appreciate other people's gifts even though they may be different             from yours?

        4) On what do you base your beliefs about marriage, divorce and remarriage? What did you learn from 1 Corinthians 7                    about these topics? Did this change your belief?

        5) I the preaching of the cross foolishness to you, or is it a demonstration of the power of God?

1 Corinthians Themes of Application





The Corinthians were rallying around various church leaders and teachers - Peter, and Apollos. These loyalties led to intellectual pride and created a spirit of division in the church.  

Our loyalty to human leaders or human wisdom must never divide Christians into camps. We must care for our fellow believers, not fight with them. You allegiance must be to Christ. Let him lead you.


Paul received a report of uncorrected sexual sin in the church at Corinth. The people had grown indifferent to immorality. Others had misconceptions about marriage. We are to live morally, keeping our bodies for God’s service all times.  

Christians must never compromise with sinful ideas and practices. We should not blend in with people around us. You must live up to God’s standard of morality and not condone immoral behavior, even if society accepts it.   


Paul taught freedom of choice on practices not expressly forbidden in Scripture. Some believers felt certain actions - like eating the meat of animals used in pagan rituals - were corrupt by association. Others felt free to participate in such actions without feeling that they had sinned.   

We are free in Christ, yet we must not abuse our Christian freedom by being inconsiderate and insensitive to others. We must never encourage others to do something they feel is wrong just because we have done it. Let love guide your behavior.


Paul addressed disorder in worship.People were taking the Lord’s Supper without first confessing sin. There was misuse of spiritual gifts and confusion over women’s roles in the church.  

Worship must be carried out properly and in an orderly manner. Everything we do to worship God should be done in a manner worthy of his high honor. Make sure that worship is harmonious, useful, and edifying to all believers.


Some people denied that Christ rose from the dead.Others felt that people would not physically be resurrected. Christ’s resurrection assures us that we will have new, living bodies after we die. The hope of the Resurrection forms the secret of Christian confidence.  

Since we will be raised again to life after we die, our life is not in vain. We must stay faithful to God in our morality and our service. We are to live today knowing we will spend eternity with Christ.