Discussion Questions for Week 4: Love and Power in Community
1. What insights did you gain from the message this past Sunday?What was most helpful for you? What was challenging for you?
2. Paul’s primary aim in writing this letter to the Corinthians seems to be a call to unity in the body of Christ through a commitment to love. Ironically, this letter—like much of the Bible—has itself been used to divide people. We have probably all experienced ways in which the Bible has been used to manipulate people or force certain behaviors. How can we read scripture in a way that promotes love and unity?
3. The chapters covered this week include two passages about women speaking in the church. Read 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-36, and consider the following questions:
- If you grew up attending church, how were you taught to understand these passages?
- Has your understanding changed over time? If so, how?
- What do you think is relevant to us 2,000 years later, in a very different culture?
4. Read Galatians 3:28. How does this influence your reading of the two passages above?
5. Read 1 Corinthians 11:20-22. As with the issue of veils, the specifics of this division are not relevant, but the underlying issues are timeless.
- Briefly share examples of times you have felt included or excluded at Cedar Ridge or in another church setting.
- What can you do personally to make other people feel fully accepted and valued at Cedar Ridge? What can you do as a group?
6. Are there other settings (at work, in your neighborhood) where you could take action to create a more welcoming, inclusive environment? Take some time to pray for one another to be brave in breaking down barriers and extending love.
Challenge for the week:
Take action this week to create a more welcoming, inclusive environment within your family, in your neighborhood, at work, at church, or elsewhere. Speak to someone you don’t usually interact with; offer hospitality to an acquaintance; be vulnerable and take the first steps to reconcile with someone with whom you are at odds. Encourage others by sharing your experiences with group members next week (or with friends, if you are not meeting in a group).
Download discussion questions for week 3, Is Freedom Personal?
Download discussion questions for week 2, Making Sense of Sex.
Download discussion questions for week 1, Making A Way When We Disagree.
Below you will find previous series materials available for download.