Small Group Bible Study

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Singleness, Divorce, Remarriage

1st Corinthians 7:8-16
Discussion Guide
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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 passage as a whole, how and where do you see the gentleness and compassion of Paul? 
  • Read Matthew 19:1-9. Note that in Jesus’ day, the Pharisees believed it was legal for a husband to divorce his wife “for any reason,” which is the same phrase they use in the initial question. Jesus disagrees, but also engages a lot of the Old Testament and God’s original design for marriage and sex (see also Matthew 5:31-32). How do Jesus’ words help us with Paul’s words in this text?  
  • It is sometimes referred to as being “spiritually single” when a believer has a non-believing spouse. What specific direction and encouragement does Paul give those who are spiritually single? Do you know anyone who is spiritually single? How can you encourage and support them? 
  • In this context, what do you think Paul means when he says “God has called us to peace”? How does this statement serve Paul’s argument and encouragement? 
  • Obviously you are not a savior. No one can save but God. Paul clearly agrees. But reread verse 16 and reword it in your own language. What is Paul trying to say? How is this an encouragement? How is it practically lived out? 

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.