1 Corinthians 13

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Small Group Material: 
Week Commencing: 
21 Jun 2009
Bible Base: 
1 Corinthians 13

Background
This much loved passage is often used out of context. But its context is part of the discussion about the right use of gifts.
 
Discussion Questions
1)      David Watson used to say about spiritual gifts “The right response to mis-use is not dis-use but right use”. What does Paul suggest here is central to the right use of gifts.
2)      What examples have you known of the effect of gifts being used without love?
3)      An interesting way of reading 1 Corinthians 13 vv 4-7, is to substitute ‘I am’ for ‘love is’. Does it work???? What does this tell us?
4)      Try now replacing ‘love is’ with ‘Jesus is’. Does this work? What does this tell us? You might like to think of examples from Jesus’ ministry where he demonstrates these qualities.
5)      Look at Galatians 5:22-24 and 2 Peter 1:5:11. Taking these two passages together, how do we grow in love in our lives?
6)      I often have said that we need to cross out the ‘I’ at the centre of our lives and replace it with ‘Jesus’. While that is in a sense true, we also are called to love ourselves. Have a look again at vv 4-7 in terms of what this says to us about loving ourselves eg what does it mean to be patient with ourselves?
7)      Look at verse 7. Does this mean we should have naïve expectations of other people? If not, what does it mean?
8)      Look at verses 9-12. What lasts longer – our spiritual gifts and the things we do for God and for others, or the people we are and the relationships we have? Where should we find our identity? (Hint:- will there be a need for preaching in eternity?) What are the important things to grow in our lives?