Oct 22, 2023
Free of Charge – I Corinthians 9:1-18
Application & Discussion Questions  
  1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
  2. What reasons does Paul give for why he and anyone who serves faithfully in the Gospel ministry should be paid for their work? (See also I Timothy 5:17-18.)
  3. What difficulties might arise if a church refuses to support those who faithfully lead in ministry?
  4. Since Paul was such an advocate for paying those who devote their lives to the Gospel ministry, why does he reject to be paid for his own work?
  5. Is there an area where the Lord may lead you to sacrifice a seeming “right” of yours in order to better live for the benefit and salvation of others?
  6. How can we give away the Gospel as radically as possible?
  7. How does this passage challenge you personally?
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  • Oct 22, 2023Free of Charge – I Corinthians 9:1-18
    Oct 22, 2023
    Free of Charge – I Corinthians 9:1-18
    Application & Discussion Questions  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. What reasons does Paul give for why he and anyone who serves faithfully in the Gospel ministry should be paid for their work? (See also I Timothy 5:17-18.)
    3. What difficulties might arise if a church refuses to support those who faithfully lead in ministry?
    4. Since Paul was such an advocate for paying those who devote their lives to the Gospel ministry, why does he reject to be paid for his own work?
    5. Is there an area where the Lord may lead you to sacrifice a seeming “right” of yours in order to better live for the benefit and salvation of others?
    6. How can we give away the Gospel as radically as possible?
    7. How does this passage challenge you personally?
  • Oct 15, 2023Do NOT Be a Stumbling Block – I Corinthians 8:1-13
    Oct 15, 2023
    Do NOT Be a Stumbling Block – I Corinthians 8:1-13
    Application & Discussion Questions  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. What does the statement “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” mean? How does this statement challenge you?
    3. What does it mean to be a “stumbling block” to another Christian?
    4. How might love compel you to be sensitive to the conscience of other believers?
    5. How can you seek to “build up” a fellow believer this week?
    6. How does this passage challenge you personally?
  • Oct 8, 2023Undivided Devotion – I Corinthians 7:25-40
    Oct 8, 2023
    Undivided Devotion – I Corinthians 7:25-40
    Application & Discussion Questions  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. Why does our passage see singleness as a useful tool for living with an undivided devotion to the Lord?
    3. How do verses 29-31 challenge you? What changes might these verses lead you to make in your life?
    4. What examples of undivided devotion to Christ have you seen that encourage you?
    5. In what way are you tempted to become too absorbed in this world?
    6. How can we live with an awareness that the time to serve Christ is very short?
    7. How does this passage challenge you personally?
  • Oct 1, 2023Bloom Where You are Planted – I Corinthians 7:17-24
    Oct 1, 2023
    Bloom Where You are Planted – I Corinthians 7:17-24
    Application & Discussion Questions  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. Why is circumcision no longer required for Christians?
    3. What physical changes are Christians tempted to trust in today in order to make them feel more spiritual?
    4. How have you been tempted to put your trust in a change of external circumstances rather than the Lord?
    5. Is it surprising to you that Paul tells bondservants not to be concerned about this? In order to live this out, what perspective is needed?  (See I Corinthians 7:31)  
    6. Why is human status irrelevant in God’s Kingdom? How does this encourage you? 
    7. How does this passage challenge you personally?
  • Sep 24, 2023To the Unmarried and to the Married – I Corinthians 7:8-16
    Sep 24, 2023
    To the Unmarried and to the Married – I Corinthians 7:8-16
    Application & Discussion Questions  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. How can the church in America today be more open and encouraging towards those who are single?
    3. What ministries could a single person be uniquely able to carry out in their singleness?
    4. Why is God’s Word so concerned about the preservation of marriages?
    5. How can faithfulness in our marriages point unbelievers to the Lord in our current cultural climate where divorce is so common?
    6. What examples of faithfulness in marriage have impacted you?
    7. How can a believer who is married to an unbeliever best encourage his/her spouse to trust in Christ?
    8. How does this passage challenge you personally?
  • Sep 17, 2023The Marriage Bed – I Corinthians 7:1-7
    Sep 17, 2023
    The Marriage Bed – I Corinthians 7:1-7
    Application & Discussion Questions (Some of these questions should be answered privately or only with your spouse or a trusted accountability person of the same gender.)  
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. What is the most convicting thing from this passage for you personally?
    3. If married, are you serving your spouse in the area of your marriage bed? How can you grow in this area?  
    4. If you are married, how are you allowing your marriage to be a tool for serving the Lord?
    5. Why would Paul consider celibate singleness to be a gift? If you are unmarried, do you see your singleness as a gift? 
    6. If unmarried, are you glorifying God with your singleness? How?     
    7. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Sep 10, 2023Reasons to Run from Sexual Sin – I Corinthians 6:12-20
    Sep 10, 2023
    Reasons to Run from Sexual Sin – I Corinthians 6:12-20
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. What are some practical ways that God has taught you to run from sexual sin?
    3. How is the Christian’s union with Christ similar to the union of husband and wife in marriage?
    4. Have you ever considered that your body does not belong to you? Why is this so important?
    5. Besides sexual purity, what other ways is God calling you to honor Him with your body?
    6. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Aug 27, 2023Lawsuits Within the Church – I Corinthians 6:1-11
    Aug 27, 2023
    Lawsuits Within the Church – I Corinthians 6:1-11
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. Why is it important that we settle disputes among Christians inside the church? Have you ever seen an example where Christians settled a dispute within the church?  What did this process look like?    
    3. What would motivate a Christian to be willing to suffer being wronged rather than retaliate with a lawsuit? Have you ever faced such a situation where you chose to suffer being wronged?
    4. Why is it so important that we see that our identity is NOT in the sins that we formerly lived in but instead is in the reality of who we NOW are in Christ? How does this truth encourage you?    
    5. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Aug 20, 2023The Need for Discipline – I Corinthians 5:1-13
    Aug 20, 2023
    The Need for Discipline – I Corinthians 5:1-13
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. What is the link between spiritual arrogance and sexual immorality? Why are they so often found together? 
    3. What is Paul’s solution for the immorality in the Corinthian church? How do his instructions fit together with the idea that we are not to be judgmental found in places like Matthew 7:1?    
    4. Does Paul’s solution to the problem of sexual immorality in the Corinthian church seem extreme or reasonable to you? Why? 
    5. How does today’s passage fit with Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 18:10-20?
    6. What are the benefits of dealing with sin as Paul instructs? (See verses 5-6.)
    7. In verse 12 we see that there is a different accountability for those inside the church from those outside the church. Why would this be the case?    
    8. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?
  • Aug 13, 2023Spiritual Parenting – I Corinthians 4:1-21
    Aug 13, 2023
    Spiritual Parenting – I Corinthians 4:1-21
    1. Do you have any questions about the meaning of today’s passage?
    2. What practical steps can you take to remind yourself that everything you have is a gift from God?
    3. What does it look like for you to follow in the path of sacrifice, suffering, and shame that Jesus and the apostles walked on?
    4. Whose example in life influences you? Do you need to make any changes to the examples that you are allowing to influence you? 
    5. What do you think Paul meant when he threatened to use a “rod” in verse 21?
    6. How does today’s passage speak truth into your life and challenge you personally?