Friday, March 17, 2017

Priming the Pump for Sunday - 1 Corinthians 5

We're going to be studying 1 Corinthians 5 this Sunday as we return to our "Cruciform Living" series through the book of 1 Corinthians. I'd encourage you to read the chapter in advance so it's fresh on your mind for Sunday morning.

Here are a few questions that might help you slow down and wrestle with what's in this sobering and important chapter:
  • What are your connotations with “church discipline”?
  • How might those associations affect you as you approach 1 Corinthians 5?
  • What is church discipline? How would you define it?
  • What seems to be the biggest problem Paul is addressing in 1 Corinthians 5?
  • Is there a difference between making wise judgments and being judgmental?
  • If so, how do you know the difference?
  • Does Paul describe any good purposes for church discipline in this passage?
  • Are there any other good purposes for church discipline that you can think of (even if they’re not directly addressed in 1 Corinthians 5)?
  • How does “Let us therefore celebrate the festival” (v8) fit into Paul’s line of thought?
  • What’s with the Passover reference? 

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