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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 EIGHTEEN: Run from Idols

TEXT:  1 Corinthians 10:1-22

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.

The TV show “American Idol” has been around for years. What do you think is meant by the title and why?

EXAMINATION.

Vv.1-5 Since the Corinthians were mainly Gentile, why does Paul refer to “our forefathers”?

In what sense was Israel “baptized into Moses”?

How did they displease God?

Vv.6-10 How can Israel’s example keep us from setting our hearts on evil things?

What are the four examples of idolatry that Paul gives?

How did each of those four qualify as idolatry?

Vv.11-13 Why is Paul warning the Corinthians?

What is God faithful to do for those who are tempted?

Vv.14-22 Why does Paul have to warn the Corinthians not to participate in meals offered to idols?

How do these words about the cup and bread inform our view of the Lord’s Table?

Why do you think Paul says that idols are nothing, but then that pagan sacrifices are offered to demons?

What does it mean for the Lord to be jealous?

APPLICATION.

  • When does something become an idol?
  • What do you think are some of the most prevalent idols in our culture?
  • Why is idolatry so dangerous?
  • How can you “flee from idols”?
  • 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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