Small group questions – The Gospel and the Church’s Reputation

Icebreaker:
If people knew you 15 to 20 years ago and hadn’t met you since, would they recognise you? (Even if you’re under 20!)
Would they recognise you physically, personally, emotionally?
Has your nature changed?
How, and in what way?
In what areas are you the same?

Discuss:

Have one of the group read 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
John said ‘There are no winners in court’.
Discuss this with respect to finance, emotions, reputation, and any other area that comes to mind.

Whether we like it or not, our sexual and emotional relationships make a statement about the gospel.
Is it fair if people set such a high standard for us?
Is it true?
What can we do about it?
How do we address areas of our sexual or emotional life that are not in line with the gospel?

John mentioned that we are going to judge fallen angels, so we need to get used to solving problems the way Jesus would.
Work out together a practical, spiritual, step by step process for solving interpersonal disagreements.
Can you put this into action in your life?
What pitfalls may be in your path as you seek to apply this?
How can they be overcome?

John said ‘I would rather be cheated than fight it in a secular court’.
John and Julie did this: Would you be able to?

Compare the personal, financial, emotional, and reputation cost of forgiving someone their debt.
Consider the same list of costs in taking a dispute to court.
Have members of the group read Matthew 5:40-42 and 1 Corinthians 6:7-8.

Prayer:

As a group share any disputes you are involved with that may escalate to court.
Pray for each other to have wisdom, the grace of God and to find solution in keeping with the nature of Jesus.

Read the list of sins in 1 Corinthians 6 verses 9 and 10.
Which are the least sinful ones in the list according to the way we usually think?
Does Paul put them in any order of sinfulness?
Is it really true that they are all equally sinful?

Prayer:

Read 1 Corinthians 6:11.
Sit in a time of contemplation of sin and repentance, recognising who you were.
Pray sensitively for each, to recognise the truth of this passage: you were washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Give thanks to God for the power of Jesus and the Spirit.

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