Following on from the teaching received on Sunday February 7 from 1Corinthians 3:1-23, here are some suggested questions for use in your Small Group discussions;
- What is your earliest ever memory?
(for example, my cousin says he remembers being in the incubator as a newborn)
- What would you describe as milk and meat in terms of Biblical teaching (Hebrews 6:1-12 may help)?
- Why can’t the Corinthian church be given meat (verses 3 & 4)?
- What warnings does this give us and what impact can this have on our lives as individuals and as a church?
- Paul describes the Corinthians as ‘mere men’ (NASB) or ‘unregenerate people’ (LEB). Comparing the translations and paraphrases you have available to you;
- How strong a comment is this and what (if any) are the implications?
- How should the Corinthians (and we) be acting and what can be done about it?
- In a normal day, where do you go to get spiritual food?
- When it comes to physical food, we emphasise the benefits of vitamins and nutrients. What would you say are the best vitamins and nutrients to take for spiritual growth as a believer?
- What spiritual ‘fast food’ can we be sometimes tempted to prefer?
If you have some more time, here’s a some potential follow-up points from Question 2;
2. Why can’t the Corinthian church be given meat (verses 3 & 4)?
- How does Paul get to decide what spiritual food the Corinthians can and can’t ‘digest’?
- By praising some churches (example, Colossians 1:3-8) and criticising others (example, Galatians 1:4-10 – in many ways the Corinthians weren’t even the worst!), how is he not setting up one church against another?
- How do we know which spiritual food we should be eating?