Small Group Questions – The Cost of the Gospel

Icebreaker
Have you ever done work for which you were entitled pay, but you were denied or declined? Share how and why this happened and how you responded.

Read
As a group, take turns reading several verses until you have read 1 Corinthians 9:1-18 together

David’s key points were:
1. The Gospel is so good
2. The apostle Paul makes a strong case for payment of Christian workers then refuses to accept their support in case the Gospel is hindered
3. For Paul the Gospel is his top priority and passion

Discuss
How would you describe the Gospel?
What does it mean to you?

Have one of the group read 1 Corinthians 9:1-3
Why is ‘yes’ the  answer to the 4 questions in verse 1?
From these verses what would you say is the relationship between Paul and the church?

Have two of the group read 1 Corinthians 9:4-11, 13&14
What themes do you notice here?
What is Paul making a very strong case for?
What is God saying to you out of this?

What is the shift Paul makes in verse 12 and why does he do that?

Paul talks about ‘rights’…
How could sticking to your rights or entitlements today hinder the Gospel?
How do they cause the Gospel to flourish today?

Have one of the group read 1 Corinthians 9:15-18
What stands out in these verses?
How does Paul’s example contrast the Corinthians understanding of freedom?
What does Paul consider is his reward? Why?
David made this statement in his sermon; “the Gospel always costs”
What does that mean for Paul and the churches, then and now?

Prayer
The Gospel is top priority! Pray about all you have discussed, and pray that you can make the gospel top priority.

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