Small Group Bible Study

Idols Among Us
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A Prayer for Wisdom

1st Corinthians 10:14-33
Discussion Guide
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Please take advantage of our 1st Corinthians 8-10 Tool Kit with additional resources for further learning.

Discussion Questions

Before discussing in Groups, DNAs, mentorship and other gospel conversations around First Corinthians, consider the three different sources of engaging questions described at the bottom of this page. This will help lead to inspiring conversation and discussion instead of simple ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers.

  • Paul clearly states there are spiritual realities and demons behind many of the idols we falsely worship. Discuss a practical strategy of “wisdom” and “fleeing” for a few of the common idols in your discussion group.
  • The Corinthian slogan “all things are lawful” is qualified and held in tension yet again by Paul (see 6:12). Compare Paul’s use of freedom with the priority of “edification” and “seeking the good” of neighbor over self.
  • How are the examples of feast invitations nuanced toward wisdom? Rather than simple yes or no, on or off, how does wisdom and value inform these decisions still today?
  • Verse 31 is perhaps one of the more memorable verses from this section. While we often flippantly discuss “glorifying God,” discuss honestly how that happens in your daily life and decisions.
  • How is it possible, with the example of Paul, to “please all men” and “give no offense” without falling into the trap of people-pleasing, approval seeking and codependency in relationships?

Discussion Format Suggestions

First, consider some simple, regular, thought-provoking opening questions to get the group discussions started. Try these on for fit: 

  • So, as we begin, where and How did you sense God’s Presence this week?
  • What is the state of the key relationships in your life right now? 
  • What were your biggest challenges? Biggest blessings? 
  • What are you most grateful for right now? 

Second, you can continue the discussion by honing in on the specific passage of First Corinthians that we’ve just studied on Sunday, or that you just read and studied together. You can engage some or all of the questions organized above for each of the passages. It’s always a good idea to read the particular passage again in the group discussion. 

Thirdly, please feel free to add your own questions as a result of your study and prayer through First Corinthians. You are the leader. Lead. Shepherd your people closer to Jesus.