Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Singleness and Self-Control (1 Corinthians 7)

Talk about a time you lost control. What were the results? How did it change or impact your life?

Read 1 Corinthians 7:8-9

Why do you think Paul thought it was good for people to remain unmarried?

Do you think he would give the same advice to single parents? Why or why not?

What opportunities in life are unique to single people?

What difficulties in life are unique to single person?

How should single people be connected to the church as a whole? How have you observed churches having healthy connections with single people? How have you observed churches having unhealthy connections with single people?

How would you summarize verse nine in your own words?

Why do you think Paul thought marriage was a good solution for those without self-control?

What other Bible passages or verses can you think of that discuss self-control?

Who are some Biblical characters who exhibited self-control in their lives?

How can someone develop self-control in their life?

Why is it problematic to "burn with passion?"  How can our passions sometimes lead us down the wrong path?

What should we do to channel our passions in healthy ways?

What is one area of your life over which you need to have more control? What are some specific steps you can take this week to accomplish that?

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