Monday, January 23, 2012

Meat, Idols, Love & Sacrifice (1 Corinthians 8)

PASSAGE: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 (Food sacrificed to idols).

DIGGING IN:

- What are some of the key words and phrases in this passage?

- Who are the primary characters (or types of characters) in this passage?

- What is the question this passage is designed to answer?

- Why does Paul talk about a distinction between knowledge and love? Which is better? Why?

- Is this passage more about our love for God or our love for others? Why?

- What is the most difficult part of this passage to understand?

- Try to summarize this passage in one or two sentences.

OPENING UP:

- Do you tend more toward knowledge or toward love? How is this a strength? How is this a weakness? What can you do to create more balance in your life?

- What is an area of your life in which your conscience doesn't allow you the same freedom as other believers? How are you trying to resolve this?

- What is an area of your life in which you feel freedom while the conscience of others does not allow them? How are you trying to resolve this?

- How might this passage be misused on occasion? Does this passage give you permission to confront those you think are doing wrong? Why or why not?

- What does this passage give you permission to do? What should love for other believers compel you to do?

RESOLUTION:

- What is an area of your life in which you need to make sacrifices because of your love for other believers?

- What is an area of your life in which you need to be less judgmental of other believers?

- How can this group help you take the next step in your spiritual journey? How can this group pray for you this week?

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