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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?


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