Week of January 28th
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
In our text today we encounter a timeless topic-how can we be in the world, and not of it.
In the first century, sometimes meat in the marketplace had been part of a ritual in an idol temple. Many Christians of the day knew this, but also knew that there is only one God, and that meat that was offered in an idol temple was offered to something that was not a god. So they had no problem eating this meat. St. Paul tries to walk that fine line in our text today. Be careful what you do with your freedom because others are watching. Your actions can cause others to stumble and fall.
For Paul, sometimes it is better not to eat meat at all than to eat meat and cause another to stumble in their faith.
Read 1 Corinthians 8:1-13Head
What modern topics do Christians need to think about?
EX. LGBTQ, race issues… more?
How does this passage inform our thinking?
What other passages help you think through challenging issues?
Look up these passages and talk about how they help us think through these issues:
1 Peter 2:16; 1 Cor 6:12; 1 Cor 9:19; Gal 5:13; 2 Tim 1:7
Jesus came in Truth and Grace (John 1:17). How do these two help balance our responses?
Which is easier for you-Truth or Grace?
Share any specific stories you might have in dealing with sensitive topics?
Who is someone you can share the freedom we have in Christ by doing something extra for them this week? ex. writing a card, buying them coffee, word of encouragement etc.
Today we find Jesus continuing His ministry by going into the synagogue on the Sabbath and teaching. In those days, an adult Jew in the Synagogue had the privilege of expounding on a passage of Scripture. But Jesus’ teaching was different. Everyone could tell that He knew what He was talking about. What is more interesting is what happens next. A man with an unclean spirit is present, and the demon not only recognizes Jesus as God’s Son but identifies him as such to the congregation. Jesus orders the demon out of the man, resulting in the man being healed of whatever the demon caused. This increases Jesus’ credibility and fame, which spreads throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
Read Mark 1:21-28
Read the seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer as found in Luther’s Small Catechism
But deliver us from evil.
What does this mean? We pray in this petition, in summary, that our Father in heaven would rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to Himself in heaven.
What are some of the “evils” we face today?
How can we confront these?
What is something remarkable Jesus has done for you in your life? Share.
Have you ever struggled with something that God has helped you get through? Share a story of God’s faithfulness in your life.
How can this event that you shared be used to talk about who Jesus is with your other friends and/or family?