1 Corinthians

Chapter 1 (1 - 10)

I, Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle, send greetings to the church of God in Corinth. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace

I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ

The witness to Christ has been strong among you

God shares with us the life of his Son, Jesus. God helps us to be faithful as followers of Jesus

I appeal to you to be united in belief and practice.
Put an end to the differences between you

Jesus, Son of God, thank you for all the graces I have received


Chapter 1.18 - 2.9

The language of the Cross doesn't make sense for some people. But for us it is God's power to save

While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks require philosophy, here we are preaching a crucified Christ: to the Jews an obstacle they cannot get over, to the pagans madness

During my stay with you, I relied not on philosophy or my own efforts, but only on the power of the Spirit

The wisdom we teach is about things no eye has seen, and no ear has heard, things beyond human understanding - all that God has prepared for those who love him

Jesus, crucified Lord, please increase my faith in you


Chapter 3 (5 - 15)

Apollos and I are servants who brought the faith to you. I did the planting, Apollos did the watering, but God made things grow

You are God's building. By God's grace, I  laid the foundation, the only foundation there can be: Jesus Christ

On that foundation you can build a house with good or poor materials.
At the end of your life, your building will be judged by God

Jesus, you are the foundation of my life. Help me build a house with good material (= good deeds)


Chapter 4 (15 - 19)

You now have many people teaching you about Christ, 
but remember that it was I who introduced you to Jesus and his Good News

Imitate my example, the way I live the Christian life

Jesus, help me be a good example to other people


Chapter 5 (8 - 11)

Get rid of all evil and wickedness from your life. Replace them with sincerity and truth

People who do wrong will not inherit the kingdom of God: people of immoral lives, idolaters, adulterers, catamites, sodomites, thieves, usurers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers

Some of you were like that once, but now you have been washed clean and sanctified by Jesus Christ and his Spirit

Jesus, help me avoid doing bad things. Help me do more good things


Chapter 6 (18 - 20)

We should respect our bodies as a gift from the Lord.
Our bodies are not meant for fornication

Avoid sexual activity that avoids commitment

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.
Let people know that your body is not something to be profaned

Jesus, please help me avoid sex outside marriage


Chapter 9 (12 - 27)

I put up with anything, rather than obstruct the Good News of Christ in any way

I make myself all things to all people, in order to save some

All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize. You must run in the same way, meaning to win the gold medal of eternal life

That is how I run, intent on winning. Therefore I try to stay in top condition, avoiding sloppy living

Jesus, may I run a good race till my last day


Chapter 10.16 - 11.1

The cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.
The bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ

Avoid anything to do with idol worship.  It doesn't make sense to share in the table of the Lord and in the table of demons

Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, whatever you do at all,
do it for the glory of God

Never do anything offensive to anyone. Try to be helpful to everyone at all times, not anxious for your own advantage, but for the advantage of others, so that they may be saved

Take me for your model, as I take Christ

Jesus, please help me imitate you in my daily life


Chapter 11 (20 - 26)

Concerning the Lord's Supper, this is what I received from the Lord and then taught you:

On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, broke it and said "This is my body which will be broken for you"

After supper he took a cup and said "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Each time you drink this cup, drink it in memory of me"

Until the Lord comes, therefore, each time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you re-enact the death of the Lord

Jesus, help me understand how bread and wine become your body and blood when Christians celebrate the Eucharist

11 ( 20 - 26 )






Chapter 12 (4 -10)

The Holy Spirit gives us many different gifts

Some people have the gift of wise preaching.
Some people have the gift of an extra strong faith.
Some people have the gift of healing sick people.
Some people have other gifts like the power of miracles, prophecy, recognizing spirits, and the ability to speak in tongues

Holy Spirit, please increase your influence in my life.
Please give me the gift of (..name...)


Chapter 12 (12- 30)

A human body is made of many parts: arms, legs, muscles, eyes etc.
Every part is important and needed for the body to be healthy

The church is like a body. We are the body's members. Some of us are apostles, some prophets, some teachers etc.

The members of the church must care about every member of the church. Everyone is important. The spiritual health of each member affects the health of the whole body

Jesus, help me understand how your church is like a human body


Chapter 13 (1 - 13)

If I am the most brilliant speaker, but don't have love, I am just a gong booming

If I understand all mysteries, and if I have a faith that will move mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing 

Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous, never boastful, never conceited, never rude or selfish

Love does not take offence. It's not resentful. Love delights in the truth

Love is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes

Love is virtue Number One, greater than faith or hope

Jesus, please help me love like you


Chapter 15 (1 - 8)

Let me remind you of the basic facts of the Good News:

Christ died for our sins. He was buried.
He was raised to life on the third day

He appeared to Peter, then to the other apostles, then to more than 500 of the believers - most of whom are still alive. Then he appeared to James and the other disciples

Last of all he appeared to me. I was like an un-expected child

Jesus, I have not yet seen you, but I believe in you and I love you


Chapter 15 (9 - 11)

I am the least of the apostles. In fact, since I persecuted the Church of God, I hardly deserve the name apostle

But by God's grace I am what I am, and the grace that he gave me has not been fruitless

On the contrary, I, or rather the grace of God in my heart, have worked harder than any of the others, preaching the same message that they preach

Jesus, may your grace in me be more fruitful


Chapter 15 (20 - 22)

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first to rise of all who have died

Death came through one man, Adam, and rising from the dead has come through one man, Jesus

Just as all people die because of Adam, so all people can live because of Christ

Jesus, may all people have eternal life


Chapter 15 (54 - 58)

When this mortal nature has put on immortality, then the words of Scripture will come true: "Death has been defeated. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?"

Never give up, dear friends, never admit defeat. Keep on working at the Lord's work always. Know that, in the Lord, no work is in vain

Jesus, please give me more faith  to "keep going"


Chapter 16 (5 - 24)

I hope to visit you after I have been to Macedonia.

I will stay at Ephesus until Pentecost, because an important door
has opened for my work, despite opposition

Be brave and strong. Let everything be done in love

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you

Jesus, help me be brave and strong, like Paul