Small Group Bible Study

Life with the Spirit
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Many & One in the Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:12-26
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 and why does Paul use the illustration of a human body in this text? How does he bring the illustration to bear on Jesus Himself?
  • What other points of unity within the Christian faith does Paul reference? What is his argument in doing this?
  • As Paul further illustrates the unity and diversity of the body, what is his practical point for the church at Corinth (and by extension, our church)? What are the negative postures, relationships and attitudes he wants to avoid?
  • In your opinion, what parts/gifts in the body of the church seem less weaker, less honorable or less desirable (all terms Paul uses)? How might a church implicitly or explicitly communicate to these folks that they are “less”?
  • In extreme practicality and application, how can you (in your community circle and sphere of influence) help create unity in the church, suffer with those who are suffering and share the joy of honor when others are honored? (see 12:25-26)

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.