Small Group Bible Study

Idols Among Us
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Sacrifice To Win

1st Corinthians 9:15-27
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 Paul’s preaching of the gospel, what would have made his “boast” an empty one? How does he prevent this from happening? How can you prevent the same in your life?
  • How can Paul “be free from all men” yet voluntarily make himself “a slave to all”? How might this perspective inform a “ministry” mindset for you today?
  • Verse 19 and verse 23 seem to form an interpretive key to the examples in between. Discuss how Paul might have practically done these things and how we might do the same in our day.
  • Identify as many meaningful applications from Paul’s use of the runner/athlete/boxer illustration as possible in discussion.
  • How might you “discipline” your body as Paul did? What is the purpose of bodily discipline?

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.