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September 8, 2018       1 CORINTHIANS 8th CHAPTER

(We utilize the four components of basic inductive Bible study: Observation, Interpretation, Correlation and Application).
1 Corinthians 8th chapter consists of 13 verses and it shares a common link with chapters 9-10, how as Christians we have rights but there are times we should relinquish our rights for others.

In our study we followed the outline of verses 1-7 the inadequacy of knowledge and 8-13 the supremacy of love. Paul was answering the questions of the Corinthian Church whether a Christian should touch anything offered to idols. From our observations, the converted Jews were against everything they knew that had been used in the idol worship, whereas the Gentiles had no problem eating of the meats for they knew the idols were nothing. Paul emphasized that they were right regarding their knowledge but they should respect their brethren who are yet less mature in the faith. In addition, they should exercise the principle of love in their personal conduct to edify others.

Some things are not inherently sinful but our liberty cannot be to the detriment of another believer. Correlations: Romans 14 and Galatians 6.

APPLICATION:

Can you think of any situation where you exercised your liberty and did not consider another believer?

If you have no problem drinking wine, would you drink wine at a public gathering?

To what extent should the Christian accommodate himself or herself concerning weaknesses of others, understanding that the displayed liberty may harm that person for whom Christ died?

PRAYER:
Almighty and Merciful God, let us as believers who are eating meat be mindful of those who are yet drinking milk. Let our liberty be to edify others and glorify you. Let us not be puffed up in our acquired knowledge. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 

 

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