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April 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Questions - Spiritual Gifts

These questions relate to the sermon on 7 April 2019, Spiritual Gifts.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.  This is by no means an exhaustive lesson on spiritual gifts,  It is more of an introduction based on a small part of chapter 12 which must be taken within a larger context.  This is mentioned because there are so many erroneous beliefs about spiritual gifts and public worship which are based on small pieces of scripture not tempered by a larger context.

1.  This passage is primarily about gifts used during corporate worship.  Discuss ways in which you see gifts become apparent in worship, both normal ways and unusual ways.

2.  The sermon focused on three questions: (discuss and answer the questions)

  • What are spiritual gifts?
  • Who receives spiritual gifts?
  • What is the purpose of spiritual gifts?

3.  Read the following scriptures with listing or mention of particular gifts:  1 Cor 12:8-10, 28-30; 1 Cor 13:1-3; 1 Cor 14:1-3 (representative of the whole chapter); Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10-11.

4.  How do we distinguish between natural gifts and spiritual gifts?  Which are God given?  Should we distinguish the difference?

5.  What would happen in church if every believer were allowed and willing to work out their gifting?

If you would like to take a spiritual gifts survey, you may use this free one:   It takes about 15 minutes, and it asks you to create a login at the end which requires an email address.  As with any survey, input from people who know you should be gathered to help measure the validity of the results.  You and the people around you probably know your gifts, but surveys can help provide language.




March 17, 2019, 11:00 AM

Lord's Supper Worship

These questions relate to the sermon on March 17, 2019, Lord's Supper Worship.  The primary passage is 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.

1.  Have you ever attended or participated in a communion event that you believe did not honor the Lord?  If so, what was the problem?

2.  Who should be allowed to participate in communion? 

3.  Who should serve communion?

4.  How often and where should communion be observed?

5.  According to 1 Corinthians 11:23, from where or whom did Paul receive his instruction regarding the Lord's Supper?

6.  How would you describe the meaning of the event to a non-believer?

7.  How are we proclaiming the Gospel by participating in the Lord's Supper?

8.  What other New Testament scriptures help inform us regarding communion?

The first part of chapter 11 is about head coverings during prayer and teaching.  If you are interested in hearing more on this topic, the following sermons by Alistair Begg are recommended:

February 24, 2019, 5:19 PM

Questions - Rules and Freedom

These questions relate to the sermon presented on February 24, 2019, Rules And Freedom.  The primary scripture is 1 Corinthians 8.

1.  What is the craziest religious rule you have ever been required to follow?  How did you determine if the rule was valid or not according to scripture?

2.  Have you ever been in a time and place in which you were concerned about being presented with food that was previously offered to idols or some religious practice which might make the food unholy?  Would you like to describe the event?

3.  Review what you remember from the sermon, know from other sources, or find in the Bible about the presence of meat in Corinth during the first century that would have been part of pagan temple worship.

4.  There seemed to in Corinth a conflict between groups in the church.  Perhaps one group favored the strict prohibition of meat that could have come from a pagan sacrifice.  Maybe the other group expressed their freedom in Christ to eat whatever they pleased?  How did Paul address this conflict in the first three verses of chapter 8?

5.  From the first three verses, what principles can you detect that would help us today deal with doctrinal conflict in the church?

6.  What is the work of love in the church?  How does this happen?  How does it temper knowledge?

7.  How will you teach (or have you taught) your children to navigate issues in which there is no clear biblical mandate, but which are crucial to relationships among believers and non-believers?

8.  What current issues  might be helped by the principles you have discussed?

9.  Does this chapter or the situational negotiation apply to all types of sin?

10. What other scriptures help interpret and apply 1 Corinthians 8?


February 17, 2019, 3:58 PM

Questions - The Best Christian Marital Status

These questions relate to the sermon on 17 February, The Best Christian Marital Status.  The sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 7, and can be heard on this website.

1.  When you were younger than marrying age, did you considered remaining single, or did you just assume you would find a mate?

2.  What was the question from the Corinthian church which motivated Paul's teaching regarding marriage in this chapter? (v. 1)

3.  From where or whom did Paul receive the prohibition of divorce? (vv. 10-11)

4.  Verse 17 says, "...each person should live as a believer in whatever situation that Lord has assigned them."  How does this statement help answer all of the other questions about marriage or singleness?  Does it mean that your marriage status cannot change after you commit to Christ?

5.   According to verse 19, what counts more than status or position in life?

6.  How might a single person serve the Lord in ways that are difficult for a married person?

7.  Can you name any famous Christian missionaries who were not married?

8.  What was Paul's perspective on the timing of the Lord's return?  From which of his words do you find the evidence?

9.  How can we justifiy Paul's expectations for the Lord's return with our experience in the early 21st century?  

10.  How would you sum up this chapter of 1 Corinthians in one sentence?


February 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Questions - Run For The Hills

These questions relate to the sermon on 10 February 2019, Run For The Hills, based on 1 Corinthians 6.

1.  Read 1 Corinthians 5:7 and 6:9-11.  What is the common theme of these verses?

2.  What can we do to establish and remember our new identity?  2 Corinthians 5:17 is a related verse and a good one to memorize.

3.  What do you think is the best part of our new identity?

4.  The NIV uses the term "sexual immorality" is several places of chapters 5 and 6; such as 6:9 and 6:18.  Read other translations if you have them available.  What does this terminology include?

5.  Perhaps pornography was not a big concern in the first century, but it is pervasive today.  How can we prevent falling into this trap?  Are there particular tools you can recommend to others?

6.  What is the best way to resist sexual temptation?

7.  How can we be family to those who chose celibacy/singleness?

8.  Consider Ephesians 5:3-4.



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