1 Corinthians 8:1-9:27 Questions by Stephen Ricker
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Instruction on Questionable Practices
Questions for Study 6

1 Corinthians 8:1-9:27
Memory Verse: 24


I. Food Sacrificed to Idles (8:1-13)

1. What life principle is most important? (1-3) What are idols and why were/are they built? (4-5) What is true about God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ? (6)

2. What is the conscience and how had some Christians defiled it? (8) Does that mean their relationship with God has changed? (8) How does the life principle in verses 1-3 dictate the actions described in verses 9-13?

II. The Rights of an Apostle (9:1-18)

3. Who is Paul? (1-2) What rights did he have and yet did not exercise? (3-6) What principle is defined in verses 7-10? Why didn't Paul exercise these right? (11-12, 15)

4. What does "receive their living" mean? (13-14) Does this included getting rich from the gospel? What example can we follow in preaching the gospel? (16-18)

III. A Self-Made Slave to Everyone (9:19-27)

5. Why did Paul use the term "to win the soul" instead of "saving the soul" or "bringing him to Christ"? Why did he strive so much to win as many as possible? What was his method in winning as many as possible?

6. What would it be like to become like a Jew? What inner struggle did Paul have to go through to become like a Jew? What would be the life style and the way of thinking of those not having the law? How could Paul become like one not having the law? What did he do to win the weak? Why was it absolutely necessary to win the weak? What was Paul's motivation?

7. What do the "race", "running" and "prize" refer to? (24) What does Paul's exhortation mean in "Run in such a way as to get the prize"?

8. How is "strict training" demanded of those competing in the games? Give some illustrations of this.

9. In what way is strict training required for getting a crown that will last forever just as much as for a crown that will not last? What are common and different elements in winning these two different crowns?

10. What does it mean that Paul runs and fights with a clear aim in his spiritual life? What was the direction of Paul's inner struggle for bearing fruits in preaching the gospel to others? Why is this struggle essential for winning the prize?