Based on the ministry received via Jon on on Sunday January 10 from 1Corinthians 1:1-9, here are some suggested questions for use in your Small Group discussions;
- Have you ever been disciplined in school (put out of the class, sent to the headteacher, given the cane (!) etc) for bad behaviour? If so, what was that bad behaviour?
- Who called Paul? What role does the church play in a person’s calling?
(Galatians 1:11 – 2:10 may help)
- Paul’s conversion was a miracle, especially in the light of his early life.
- What hope does that give you for your life?
- What hope does that give you as you consider the lives of others?
- Do you think some of the Christians in the early church would have found it difficult to accept, or maybe ever forgive Paul?
- In what ways do you think we can consciously or subconsciously misunderstand and misapply God’s grace?
(Romans 6:1-7 may help)
- How much do you need grace? Why do you need grace? Where would we be if God was not gracious toward us?
If you have time to consider another question, read (for context) Romans 5:15-21 and Luke 7:36-50. In particular, look at these two verses;
- Luke 7:47 “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” (NASB)
- Romans 5:20 “The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,” (NASB)
- In what way did Jesus describe the woman’s sin?
- What has happened to the woman’s sins?
- What does the law do in Romans 5:20?
- What is the response of grace and result of grace to what the law does (Romans 5:20 – 21)?