It is Friday, October 26. In today’s reading, Paul continues to elaborate on the question posed by the Corinthian believers; what about eating meat offered to idols? In this passage, Paul wants the Church to focus on the possible effect on "weaker" or less mature followers of Jesus. – Chris Adomanis
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
[ 1 Corinthians 8:7-13 ]
7 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9 But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main
_ Compare and contrast how Paul uses the word "knowledge" in verse 1, verse 8 and verse 11.
_ Paul says some weaker followers were being "defiled" (verse 7) and "destroyed" (verse 11). That's very strong language. What do you think is happening here?
_ What does Paul mean in his summation in verse 13? See Philippians 2: 3-4 (yes, this is the second week in a row I have used this verse in helping us understand the main point here in 1 Corinthians)!
_ So, after reading all of Chapter 8, is OK or not for believers in Jesus to eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols? Why or why not?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_ Eating meat sacrificed to idols is not a big issue for most Christians in America in the 21st century. Can you think of other situations where you may be using your Christian liberty that may cause less mature followers of Jesus to stumble? Repent and seek forgiveness from the One who "emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant...and humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" for us! (Philippians 2:7-8)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)