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Introduction. 

This series is a verse by verse study of 1 Corinthians. Paul writes to the church he founded in the most important city in Greece. A few years after Paul moves on, he writes this letter to answer the issues and confusion experienced by the Corinthian church. These words are extremely relevant to the church today. It reveals the problems, pressures, and struggles of God’s people called out of a pagan culture. Division, spiritual pride, sexual immorality, lawsuits, and misuse of the Lord’s Table are some of the matters addressed. This word from God is applicable to us now, clearing up any confusion about our identity in Christ, and how to carry out his mission in our world.

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SERIES TITLE: CORRECTED - When Christians Get Confused

PART THIRTEEN: Domestic Tranquility

TEXT:  1 Corinthians 7:10-24

INTRODUCTION.

This series is a verse by verse study of 1 Corinthians. Paul writes to the church he founded in the most important city in Greece. A few years after Paul moves on, he writes this letter to answer the issues and confusion experienced by the Corinthian church. These words are extremely relevant to the church today. It reveals the problems, pressures, and struggles of God’s people called out of a pagan culture. Division, spiritual pride, sexual immorality, lawsuits, and misuse of the Lord’s Table are some of the matters addressed. This word from God is applicable to us now, clearing up any confusion about our identity in Christ, and how to carry out his mission in our world.

DISCUSSION.

Do you think the American attitude toward marriage is trending to the negative or the positive? Why?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.10-11   Does Paul saying “not I, but the Lord” mean that these words should carry more weight? Why or why not?           

To be consistent with Jesus’ own words, Paul cannot mean that divorce must never be an option (Matthew 5:31 and 19:3-9). What is Paul’s point?

Vv.12-13   Since Paul first addressed “the married” who are “the rest”?

How would any Corinthian Christians be married to an unbeliever in the first place, when that violates Scripture? (2 Cor. 6:14-15; 1 Cor. 7:39)

Vv.14-16   Salvation is by grace through faith, not of works, so in what sense would the believing spouse make holy the unbeliever?

How does this impact children?

What is the exception Paul offers here that allows for divorce?           

Vv.17-24  What is the point of the urging to continue in the place in life God has assigned?

How could this be misapplied?

Why would it be important for a new (male) believer not to seek circumcision? (see Galatians 2:11-16; Galatians 5:6; Galatians 6:15; Philippians 3:3; Colossians 2:11)

How can Paul tell slaves “not to be concerned” about their slavery?

What is the exception Paul gives to slaves about remaining slaves?

How does Paul affirm the value of slaves?

APPLICATION.  

  • How can the church do a better job of affirming the permanence of marriage, without shaming or condemning those who are divorced?
  • How can this text encourage believers who are married to unbelievers with regard to the spiritual influence they have in the family?
  • What are some ways you can apply the principle of “remaining in the condition in which you were called”?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do? 

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