Small Group Bible Study

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Better Than Conflict Resolution

1st Corinthians 5:9-6:8
Discussion Guide
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Please take advantage of our 1st Corinthians 5-7 Tool Kit containing a deep dive study on marriage, sexuality and gender, and additional resources for further learning, including a powerful feature film gifted to Reach just for this series.

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.

  • How is it possible for Christians to not associate with other immoral Christians? What do you think Paul specifically means in 5:9-11? What is the wider context of these Christian brothers and sisters? How is this practically lived out? 
  • How does Paul direct believers - Jesus-followers - to handle conflict within the family of the church? What principles can you glean from this text? 
  • Read Matthew 5:21-26. This is part of Jesus’ most famous (and likely repeated) sermon. What relevance does this have to the reconciliation tactics shared by Paul in FC? 
  • Read Matthew 18:15-20. What are the distinct four steps of Jesus’ reconciliation process between brothers? What relevance does this have to Paul’s direction in FC? 
  • The last two verses of this passage ask “Why not rather be wronged?” Sometimes in responding to wrongs done to us, we do wrong in return, which is why Paul asks the rhetorical question. Where and how do you see this same Paul-like attitude in Jesus?

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.