Came up with a three point outline this morning that could be used as a sermon starter for a sermon based in the first couple chapters of 1 Corinthians. Don't have time to fill in the blanks but...
Paul has true wisdom, not the worldly wisdom of some Corinthians.
Paul has the right priorities. He is not out for his own freedom or rights. He is not out for self-promotion. He is not out to show his strength. But God's strength is made perfect in his weakness (see 2 Corinthians 12).
Paul has effective methods. Given the basic goal of winning people for Christ, Paul can only be described as pragmatic when it comes to his methods. To the Jews he becomes like Jews. To non-Jews he becomes like non-Jews. This is of course within certain basic limits but he is extremely flexible in his methods within those. "I am all things to all people so that I might by all means save some" (1 Cor. 9).