1 Corinthians 10:23-33
While what we eat or drink can never make us acceptable to God or make us better than someone else (1 Corinthians 8:8), everything we eat or drink—everything we do—can bring glory to God. That’s the ultimate measuring stick when it comes to how we use our freedom. We live in light of the gospel and honor God by doing all we can to bring about the salvation of others. Nothing should hinder the magnification of Christ in our lives.
Read 1 Corinthians 10:23-26:
- How did your priorities change when you became a follower of Jesus?
- Do you have a story of a time when you sacrificed personal convenience or physical comforts to be Jesus’ disciple?
- What is the danger of not putting limits on how we exercise our freedom in Christ?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:27-30:
- Do you act differently around Christians than you do around unbelievers? If so, under what circumstances?
- How would you characterize the two scenarios presented by Paul? How are they similar and how are they different?
- What modern day situations compare to the issue being addressed by Paul?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:31-33:
- How do you know if your actions are glorifying to God?
- In what ways does deciding to glorify God in everything we do affect the decisions we make and how we make them?
- How difficult is it for you to do all things—even the mundane—for the honor of God?
Taking it home:
- How can you glorify God this week through your relationships, through your work, through your service to others, and through the decisions you make?
- What do you think could happen in our church if everyone partnered together to follow Jesus with less distraction, putting the good of others first?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Matthew 18:1-11 • Esther 2:1-18 • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 • 1 Kings 10:1-13 • Luke 7:31-50 • Daniel 4.