Small Group Bible Study

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Trouble In Church

1st Corinthians 5:1-8
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Please take advantage of our 1st Corinthians 5-7 Tool Kit containing a deep dive study on marriage, sexuality and gender, and additional resources for further learning, including a powerful feature film gifted to Reach just for this series.

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 where do you see the Apostle Paul act and respond like a father in this text? 
  • If your particular bible translation has the phrase “sexual immorality” in verse one, then it is clear. If it simply has “immorality,” then let it be clear that the original language specifically intends “sexual immorality.” This idea is a relatively hot topic in our culture today for various reasons. What is your initial reaction to the topic of sexual immorality and why? 
  • What is God’s intended design for sex based on Genesis 1:26-28 and Genesis 2:18-24? How does the situation in First Corinthians 5 differ? 
  • What does it mean that humans were created in God’s image, or perhaps more precise to the Hebrew, as God’s image? What does it mean to be God’s image bearer? How is this relevant to First Corinthians 5:1-8?
  • Why does Paul rebuke the church for not “mourning” this immoral act and how is it related to arrogance? (See 5:2, 5:6)

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.