(From: 1 CORINTHIANS #1 - 1:1-31)
1 CORINTHIANS SUMMARY: IMPLEMENTATION OF NORMAL CHURCH LIFE
I. 1:1-4:21 TRUE MINISTRY: UNDERCUTS THE FLESH
A. 1:1-3 PAUL GREETS THE CHURCH OF GOD AT CORINTH
Paul, a called apostle of Jesus Christ through God's will,
kai SosTHEnes ho a-delPHOS, teek-kleSIa tou TheOU teOUseen KoRINtho,
and Sosthenes the brother, 2to the church of :God which is at Corinth,
he-gi-asMEnois  en ChrisTO IeSOU, kleTOIS haGIois ,
thosesanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints,
sun PAsin tois e-pi-ka-louMEnois  to Ono-ma 
with all that call in every place upon the name
tou KuRIou heMON IeSOU ChrisTOU en PANti TOpo, auTON kai heMON:
of our :Lord Jesus Christ, theirs and ours:
CHAris huMIN kai eiREneaPO TheOU paTROS heMON kai KuRIou IeSOU ChrisTOU.
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and theLord Jesus Christ.
B. 1:4-9 GOD: ALWAYS A GOD OF GRACE
a. 1:4-8 GRACE ENRICHES
Eu-cha-risTOtoTheOPANto-te peRI huMON,
I thank :God alway concerning you,
ePI teCHAri-ti tou TheOU tedoTHEIsehuMIN en ChrisTOIeSOU;
for the grace of :God :given you in Christ Jesus;
HOti en panTI e-plouTISthe-te en auTO, en panTI LOgokai PAseGNOsei ;
5 that in everything you were enriched in him, in all utterance and all knowledge;
kaTHOS to marTUri-on tou ChristTOU e-be-baiOtheen huMIN:
6even as the testimony of the Christ was confirmed in you:
HOSte huMAS mehus-teREISthai en me-deNI chaRISma-ti ;
7so that you are behind in no gift;
a-pek-de-choMEnous ten a-poKAlu-psin tou KuRIou heMON IeSOU ChrisTOU;
awaiting the revelation of our :Lord Jesus Christ;
hos kai be-baiOsei huMAS HEos TElous 
8who shall also confirm you unto theend
a-negKLEtous en teheMEra tou KuRIou heMON IeSOU ChrisTOU.
unreprovable in the day of our :Lord Jesus Christ.
b. 1:9 GOD OF GRACE: CALLS US INTO CHRIST'S FELLOWSHIP
pisTOS ho TheOS, di' hou e-KLEthe-te 
Faithful the God, through whom you were called
eis koi-noNIan tou huiOU auTOU IeSOU ChrisTOU tou KuRIou heMON.
into the fellowship of his :Son Jesus Christ our :Lord.
C. 1:10-17 STRONG PLEA FOR UNITY WHEN CONTENTIONS
a. 1:10 A STRONG PLEA
Pa-ra-kaLOde huMAS, a-delPHOI, diA tou oNOma-tos tou KuRIou heMON IeSOU ChrisTOU,
Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our :Lord Jesus Christ,
HIna to auTO LEge-te PANtes, kai meeen huMIN SCHISma-ta ;
that you all speak the same, and no divisions be among you;
Ete de ka-ter-tisMEnoi  en toauTOnoI kai en teauTEGNOme.
but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
b. 1:11 PAUL: RECEIVES A REPORT OF CONTENTIONS
e-deLOthegar moi peRI huMON, a-delPHOI mou,
For it has been shown me concerning you, my brethren,
huPO ton CHLOes HOti Eri-des en huMIN eiSIN.
by themof Chloe's housethat contentions are among you.
c. 1:12 PAUL SPELLS IT OUT
LEgode TOUto, HOti HEkas-tos huMON LEgei, E-GO MEN ei-mi PAUlou;
Now this I say, that each of you says, I indeed am of Paul;
E-GOde A-polLO; E-GOde KePHA, E-GOde ChrisTOU.
and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas, and I of Christ.
d. 1:13 AND AMPLIFIES IT
meMEris-tai  ho ChrisTOS: me PAUlos es-tauROthe  huPER huMON?
Christ is divided: was Paul crucified for you?
eeis to Ono-ma PAUlou e-bapTISthe-te ?
or were you baptized into the name of Paul?
e. 1:14-15 PAUL: DID LITTLE BAPTIZING
eu-cha-risTOHOti ouDEna huMON eBAPti-sa, ei meKRISpon kai GAIon;
I give thanks that I baptized none of you, save Crispus and Gaius;
HIna me tis EIpeHOti eis to eMON Ono-ma e-bapTISthe-te.
15lest any onesay that you were baptized into my :name.
f. 1:16 And I baptized also the house of Stephanas: for therest, I know not whether I baptized any other.
eBAPti-sa de kai ton Ste-phaNA OIkon: loiPON, ouk OIda EI ti-na ALlon eBAPti-sa.
g. 1:17 CHRIST'S MANDATE TO PAUL
ou gar aPEsteiLEN me ChrisTOS bapTIzein, alLA eu-ag-geLIzes-thai :
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel:
ouk en soPHIa LOgou, HIna meke-noTHEho stauROS tou ChrisTOU.
not in wisdom of words, lest the cross of theChrist be made void.
D. 1:18-31 FLESH UNDERCUT BY THE CROSS
1. 1:18-25 THE WISDOM OF THE CROSS AND ITS MESSAGE
a. 1:18 GOD'S POWER IN THE CROSS
Ho LOgos gar ho tou stauROU tois men a-pol-luMEnois moRIa esTIN;
For the word :of the cross is to the perishing foolishness;
tois de so-zoMEnois heMIN DUna-mis TheOU es-tin.
but to us who are being saved it is God's power.
b. 1:19 GOD DESTROYS MAN'S WISDOM
GEgrap-tai gar, A-poLO  ten soPHIan ton soPHON,
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
kai ten SUne-sin ton su-neTON a-theTEso.
And annul the discernment of the discerning.
c. 1:20 WISDOM OF THE WORLD BECOMES FOOLISHNESS
pou soPHOS? pou gram-maTEUS ? pou sun-ze-teTES tou aiOnos TOUtou?
Where is thewise? where the scribe? where thedisputer of this :age?
ouCHI eMOra-nen ho TheOS ten soPHIan tou KOSmou?
has not :God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
d. 1:21 GOD'S USE OF THE FOOLISHNESS OF PREACHING
e-peiDEgar en te soPHIa tou TheOU ouk EGnoho KOSmos diA tes soPHIas ton TheON,
For since in the wisdom of :God the world through :wisdom knew not :God,
euDOkesen ho TheOS diA tes moRIas  tou keRUGma-tos SOsai tous pisTEUon-tas.
it was :God's good pleasure through the foolishness of the preachment to save them that believe.
e. 1:22-24 CHRIST: GOD'S POWER DEFEATING SIGNS AND WISDOM
e-peiDEkai IouDAIoi seMEIa aiTOUsin, kai HEL-lenes soPHIan zeTOUsin:
Since both Jews ask signs, and Greeks seek wisdom:
heMEIS de keRUSso-men ChrisTON es-tau-roMEnon ,
23 but WE preach Christ crucified,
IouDAIois men SKANda-lon , ETHne-sin de moRIan ;
a stumbling-block to Jews indeed, but to thenations foolishness;
auTOIS de tois kleTOIS, IouDAIois te kai HELle-sin, ChrisTON TheOU DUna-min kai TheOU soPHIan.
24 but to the called themselves, both Jews and Greeks,Christ God's power and God's wisdom.
f. 1:25 AN AMAZING CONTRAST
HOti to moRON tou TheOU soPHOte-ron ton anTHROpon esTIN;
Because the foolishness of :God is wiser than :men;
kai to as-theNES tou TheOU is-chuROte-ron ton anTHROpon.
and the weakness of :God is stronger than :men.
2. 1:26-31 PURPOSE OF THE CROSS: PUT FLESH TO DEATH
a. 1:26-29 GOD'S CHOICE: TO CONFOUND THE GREAT
BLEpe-te gar ten KLEsin huMON, a-delPHOI,
For look at your :calling, brethren,
HOti ou polLOI soPHOI kaTA SARka , ou polLOI du-naTOI,
that not many wise after theflesh, not many mighty,
ou poLOI eu-geNEIS ; alLA ta moRA tou KOSmou e-xeLExa-to ho TheOS,
not many noble are chosen; 27but :God chose the foolish thingsof the world,
HIna ka-taiSCHUnetous soPHOUS;
that he put to shame the wise;
kai ta as-theNEtou KOSmou e-xeLExa-to ho TheOS, HIna ka-taiSCHUneta is-cuRA ;
and :God chose the weak things of the world, that he put to shame the strong;
kai ta a-geNEtou KOSmou, kai ta e-xou-the-neMEna [1848[,
28 and the ignoble thingsof the world, and the despised,
e-xe-LExa-to ho TheOS, kai ta meONta, HIna ta ONta ka-tarGEse:
did :God choose, and the thingsthat are not, that he bring to nought those that are:
HOpos mekauCHEse-tai PAsa sarx eNOpi-on tou TheOU.
29that no flesh should glory before :God.
b. 1:30-31 GOD'S SALVATION: TO MAKE US ALL DEPENDENT ON CHRIST
ex auTOU de huMEIS es-te en ChrisTOIeSOU, hos e-geNEthe
But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who became to us
soPHIa  heMIN aPO TheOU, di-kai-oSUne  te kai ha-gi-asMOS  kai a-poLUtro-sis :
both wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption:
HIna, kaTHOS GEgrap-tai, Ho kauCHOme-nos  en KuRIo kauCHAStho .
31 that, according as itis written, Who glories in theLord let him glory.
NOTE: In 1971 Marie and I pastored a church in Seattle called “Ebenezer - Hitherto the Lord has helped us.” We read through the Bible together each year, following a Reading Guide based on that of Dr. J. Vernon McGee, alternating an Old Testament book with a New - e.g. Genesis-Matthew; Exodus-Mark, etc. We used the Hebrew order of Old Testament books, and the Bible Numeric order for the New Testament. We also followed J. Sidlow Baxter's “Explore the Book” for added insights.
Each week we chose a key verse for the reading for that week, and someone from the church put it to music. The Sunday School children rehearsed it, and taught the whole church to sing it together. 1 Corinthians 1:10 was the verse we learned to sing together at that time, and by the end of the year the church , especially the children, could sing 52 verses high-lighting the 52 weeks of reading for the year.
Notice the importance of this verse. Paul not too often adjures the believers of his letters through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit is here admonishing all believers of all places and all times - that God highly values unityin His people, with the removal of all divisions. Not too often does the Holy Spirit lead Paul to use the word “ka-tarTIzo- to be perfectly joined together,” like a chiropractic adjustment. Ephesians 4:11-12 shows how this same analogy is used for the 5-fold ministry in adjusting believers corporately together for the work of the ministry!
Note - too - the close of this chapter, and how God has made Christ Jesus unto us a 4-fold blessing: wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. These 4 flow from His Finished Work on the Cross - and empowered by the Holy Spirit following His Resurrection and Ascension - on the Day of Pentecost. No wonder the Spirit emphasizes that because of this magnificent 4-fold gift of the Son of God, there is noroom left for glorying by man! - J.A.W.