Small Group Bible Study

Life with the Spirit
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Holy Spirit Rhythms

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.

  • How would you define the spiritual gift of prophesy using the language of Paul? What is the “Holy Spirit-given” or “supernatural/miraculous” element of this gift? 
  • What does Paul reveal about the way God uses the gift of prophesy in the church and for outsiders (missionary and evangelistic purposes)? What does this say about God’s design for the gift? 
  • Paul gives great insight in this passage about the practical expression of prophesy (primarily 14:26-33 and verse 37-38). Based on his words here, how would you “reconstruct” the ideal church gathering when it comes to the expressed gift of prophesy? 
  • Why would Paul direct for only “two or three prophets speak”? (14:29) How does he explain this instruction? What does it mean for “the spirits of the prophets are subject to prophets”? (14:32) 
  • How might we, today in the local church of the west, live out Paul’s words in 14:39-40?

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.