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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 10:31 - 11:1

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 and then re-read 1 Corinthians 10:1-11:1. Connect the string of arguments with the “for”, “now”, and “therefore”. Verse 31 starts with “so”. What is the “so” pointing back to? 
  • What does Paul say is the ultimate purpose of everything we do in verse 31?
  • Paul shifts his focus to people in the next verses. Who does Paul not want to offend? Are there any exceptions? Who is Paul trying to please in verses 32 and 33? What is Paul trying to please everyone in doing? What does Paul allow to fall to the side when trying to please others? What is his motivation?
  • If Paul is laying himself aside in all his work in humility, how can he boast so pridefully in verse 11:1?
  • The Sermon Study equipping class notes are available online for anyone wanting to dig deeper. Please review this week's notes to help study this passage. Click here for the notes.

Prayerfully Meditate

  • If we are to do all for the glory of God, what daily actions that you coast by on, do you ignore giving glory to God in? Are there any large areas in your life that you are not intentionally giving glory to God? Do you intentionally try to hide areas of your life from God that need to be brought into the light before Him so that he might get more glory instead of yourself?
  • How do you work to not offend others? When you think of offending others, in what ways do you think? In what ways is Paul referring to in these verses?
  • What is the ultimate results that you seek? Is it that others would be saved? Does that even cross your mind throughout the day? Who do you focus on most in your thoughts? Others? Yourself? Do you get lost in your trials and suffering? Or do you lay aside your rights to seek glory for God in bringing the gospel to others?