- A. Appeal for Unity (1:10–17)
- B. The Gospel (1:18–2:5)
- C. The Problem (2:6–3:4)
- D. The Solution (3:5–4:17)
- E. Transition: Preparation for Paul's Visit (4:18–21)
The opening appeal in 1Co 1:10 comes earlier than in any other Pauline letter. Here Paul begs his hearers to turn from division to unity. In subsequent appeals he urges them to imitate his example of humility as modeled by Timothy (4:16-17) and to follow the servant leadership of Stephanas, a Corinthian believer (16:15-16). At the root of their division is the problem of arrogance (see 4:18-19; 5:2), evidenced in their tolerance of immorality.