Small Group Bible Study

Idols Among Us
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Enduring All Things

1st Corinthians 9:1-15a
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.

  • In this autobiographical section, how does Paul explain the use of his freedom in Christ? What priorities lie behind his use of freedom?
  • Discuss Paul’s example of a soldier and priest. Discuss Paul’s illustration of a vineyard worker and a shepherd. How do these advance his argument?
  • What role does hope play in this section for Paul?
  • How does Paul employ his freedom in Christ? For what purpose? With what limitations?
  • Note well the mention of endurance in verse 12. What is endurance in this context? How can you better endure in your own context right now?

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.