Small Group Bible Study

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1st Corinthians 7:25-40
Discussion Guide
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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.

  • What do you think Paul meant when he mentions the “present distress” and “the time has been shortened”? It seems like he was referring to specific tensions or forces bigger than individuals. How might the same be true for you today, now? 
  • What benefits does Paul suggest for the unmarried? How then might the church and her mission benefit more from active singles?
  • What heavy concerns does Paul relate to the married? How does marriage affect devotion? How does Paul characterize this? 
  • Near the end of the passage, Paul speaks to fathers about their daughters (7:36-38). This seems to be practical teaching not moral teaching. What can be gleaned from this regarding parenting today? 
  • Discuss how you would summarize this entire passage in your own words, in just one or two sentences.  

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.