Small Group Bible Study

Life with the Spirit
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God Certainly Among Us

1 Corinthians 14:20-33
Discussion Guide
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Please take advantage of our 1st Corinthians 12-14 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 the opening verse to this section, Paul is interested in maturity. How does one pursue and gain spiritual maturity? What are the main ingredients or markers of spiritual maturity? 
  • Paul further compares and contrasts tongues and prophesy in relation to outsiders or unbelievers. What is his main point here? What is a contextualized application for the local church today? 
  • Focusing first on tongues, Paul gives great insight here and in 14:1-19 about the specifics of the gift of tongues. Based on his words here, how would you “reconstruct” the ideal church gathering when it comes to the expressed gift of tongues? 
  • How has the gift of tongues been (mis)used for the construction of a sort of pseudo-caste system in churches? How has this gift in particular been used to divide the church instead of uniting it, as God clearly intends.
  • How might we, today in the local church of the west, especially in the expression of tongues, live out Paul’s words in 14:12?  

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.