Expository Songs from I Corinthians 1

I Corinthians 1:18-29

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.

There are a number of excellent songs based on this passage. We’ll highlight one suited for congregational singing and one more fit to be a solo. First, for congregational singing, Sovereign Grace Music’s “I Will Boast in the Cross”:

Michael Card’s “God’s Own Fool” is one of the all-time greatest lyrics from this modern-day expository songwriter:

I Corinthians 1:23

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness

The Greek word here translated “stumblingblock” is σκάνδαλον, transliterated scandalon. Michael Card used the word as the title and the verse as the idea behind this song:

Expository Songs

To the Corinthian church (I Corinthians 1:4-9)
Popularized by Printed in Solomon Henkel’s Church Hymn Book (1816) for the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Tennessee

The Cross is Foolishness (I Corinthians 1:18-25) (2001)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

God’s Own Fool (I Corinthians 1:18-29)
Michael Card | Popularized by Michael Card
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

I Will Boast (I Corinthians 1:18-29) (2006)
Popularized by Paul Baloche
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

I Will Boast in the Cross (I Corinthians 1:18-29) (1997)
Steve Cook, Vikki Cook | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Christ and His cross is all our theme (I Corinthians 1:23-24) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Scandalon (I Corinthians 1:23)
Michael Card | Popularized by Michael Card
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Thy Gospel, dear Lamb (I Corinthians 1:25)
James Relly

But few among the carnal wise (I Corinthians 1:26-31) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Other References

In Unity and Peace (I Corinthians 1:10)

Preacher, Tell Me Like It Is (I Corinthians 1:17-21) (2013)
Rodney Griffin | Popularized by Greater Vision
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Man of No Reputation (I Corinthians 1:18-21)
Popularized by Rich Mullins
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Let not the wise his wisdom boast (I Corinthians 1:19-27)
Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Fool For You (I Corinthians 1:20-29) (2000)
Popularized by Nichole Nordeman
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

The Book of Creation (I Corinthians 1:20-29) (1779)
John Newton | Popularized by Olney Hymns (1779)

Nobody Knows the Answer But God (I Corinthians 1:21)
Dianne Wilkinson | Popularized by Kingdom Heirs
YouTube | Amazon

According to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 1:27)
Rebecca Peck | Popularized by Mark Trammell Trio
YouTube | Amazon

Run and Not Be Weary (I Corinthians 1:27)
Kenny Bishop | Popularized by The Bishops

Who But God (I Corinthians 1:27) (1997)
Popularized by Wes King
YouTube | Amazon

Wisdom (I Corinthians 1:27) (1999)
Twila Paris | Popularized by Twila Paris
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon