Small Group Bible Study

Life with the Spirit
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The Spirit of God as Giver

1st Corinthians 12:1-11
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.

  • As an important contrast to the idolatry discussion of chapters 8-10, how does Paul compare the Spirit of God to idols? What is his purpose? What is his conclusion? 
  • There is a subtle reference to the Trinity in 12:4-6. Can you see it? Why might Paul be interested in acknowledging the critical theology of the Trinity at the beginning of a discussion of spiritual gifts? 
  • This passage answers several foundational questions about spiritual gifts. Answer the following with the language of the text and then expand on it: What is a spiritual gift? Who receives these gifts? What is the purpose of the gifts? 
  • There are nine specific gifts mentioned in this passage. Compare this passage with 12:27-30. The lists of gifts overlap but are not identical. Why? What do you think this means? Briefly discuss how these specific gifts might serve the young church in Corinth as a manifestation of the Spirit (see 12:7). 
  • Paul makes clear that the Spirit of God “distributes to each one individually just as He wills.” See 12:11. Discuss this verse in your group, especially the “will” of the Spirit.

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.