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February 24, 2019, 5:19 PM

Questions - Rules and Freedom

These questions relate to the sermon presented on February 24, 2019, Rules And Freedom.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 8.

1.  What is the craziest religious rule you have ever been required to follow?  How did you determine if the rule was valid or not according to scripture?

2.  Have you ever been in a time and place in which you were concerned about being presented with food that was previously offered to idols or some religious practice which might make the food unholy?  Would you like to describe the event?

3.  Review what you remember from the sermon, know from other sources, or find in the Bible about the presence of meat in Corinth during the first century that would have been part of pagan temple worship.

4.  There seemed to in Corinth a conflict between groups in the church.  Perhaps one group favored the strict prohibition of meat that could have come from a pagan sacrifice.  Maybe the other group expressed their freedom in Christ to eat whatever they pleased?  How did Paul address this conflict in the first three verses of chapter 8?

5.  From the first three verses, what principles can you detect that would help us today deal with doctrinal conflict in the church?

6.  What is the work of love in the church?  How does this happen?  How does it temper knowledge?

7.  How will you teach (or have you taught) your children to navigate issues in which there is no clear biblical mandate, but which are crucial to relationships among believers and non-believers?

8.  What current issues  might be helped by the principles you have discussed?

9.  Does this chapter or the situational negotiation apply to all types of sin?

10. What other scriptures help interpret and apply 1 Corinthians 8?


February 17, 2019, 3:58 PM

Questions - The Best Christian Marital Status

These questions relate to the sermon on 17 February, The Best Christian Marital Status.  The sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 7, and can be heard on this website.

1.  When you were younger than marrying age, did you considered remaining single, or did you just assume you would find a mate?

2.  What was the question from the Corinthian church which motivated Paul's teaching regarding marriage in this chapter? (v. 1)

3.  From where or whom did Paul receive the prohibition of divorce? (vv. 10-11)

4.  Verse 17 says, "...each person should live as a believer in whatever situation that Lord has assigned them."  How does this statement help answer all of the other questions about marriage or singleness?  Does it mean that your marriage status cannot change after you commit to Christ?

5.   According to verse 19, what counts more than status or position in life?

6.  How might a single person serve the Lord in ways that are difficult for a married person?

7.  Can you name any famous Christian missionaries who were not married?

8.  What was Paul's perspective on the timing of the Lord's return?  From which of his words do you find the evidence?

9.  How can we justifiy Paul's expectations for the Lord's return with our experience in the early 21st century?  

10.  How would you sum up this chapter of 1 Corinthians in one sentence?


February 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Questions - Run For The Hills

These questions relate to the sermon on 10 February 2019, Run For The Hills, based on 1 Corinthians 6.

1.  Read 1 Corinthians 5:7 and 6:9-11.  What is the common theme of these verses?

2.  What can we do to establish and remember our new identity?  2 Corinthians 5:17 is a related verse and a good one to memorize.

3.  What do you think is the best part of our new identity?

4.  The NIV uses the term "sexual immorality" is several places of chapters 5 and 6; such as 6:9 and 6:18.  Read other translations if you have them available.  What does this terminology include?

5.  Perhaps pornography was not a big concern in the first century, but it is pervasive today.  How can we prevent falling into this trap?  Are there particular tools you can recommend to others?

6.  What is the best way to resist sexual temptation?

7.  How can we be family to those who chose celibacy/singleness?

8.  Consider Ephesians 5:3-4.



February 3, 2019, 12:00 PM

Questions - Church Response To Sin

These questions relate to the sermon on February 3, 2109, Church Response To Sin.  The primary passages are 1 Corinthians 5 and Matthew 18:15-20.  The sermon is available to listen on this website under the sermons tab.  These questions are for group discusion, but they may also be helpful for personal reflection.  Group members are encouraged to consider the questions before attending group meetings.

1.  What is the funniest thing you ever saw happen in a church service?  How did people respond?

2.  Have you ever been present when a church officially disassociated a church member?  How did it that go, and for what reasons?

3.  The sin that Paul addressed in the first sentences of chapter 5 is incest.  It was clearly prohibited by God's law in Leviticus 18, and is still prohibited by most western cultures today.  How would the church respond to a similar occurance today?

4.  What other sexual sins are prevalent today even among church people?

5.  Re-read Matthew 18:15-20.  How would we actually carry out this practice at LBC?

6.  Circumstances are widely variable.  Where do we draw the lines?  When should we leave the matter private, and when should we address sin publicly?

7.  How do we practice church discipline without becoming hypocritical or hateful?

8.  Is some other person's behavior really any of our business?  Why or why not?


January 31, 2019, 9:10 AM

Questions – Healthy Ego

The questions relate to the sermon on January 17, 2019, Healthy Ego. The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 4:1-7.

  1. Talk about a time where you saw the destructive and divisive power of pride.
  2. How does pride effect how we respond to others?
  3. What are some examples of arrogant pride in the Bible?
  4. How does self-pity / hatred connect with pride?
  5. What is the significance of Paul claiming that “I do not even judge myself,” in verse 3?
  6. What qualities/ characteristics does a person with a healthy ego possess?
  7. Why is there a need for transparency of sin in the Church?
  8. What are a few ways you can actively throw off the veil of pride (think about the previous three sermons)?

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