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Preparing for the Sermon - 1 Cor. 6:12-20

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.  What does Paul say about the body? What does “lawful” refer to? What does it mean to be dominated by something?
  • Why do you think food is mentioned within the context of this passage? What illustration does it paint?  
  • List the statements Paul makes about God and Christ.  Why do you think Paul includes them in his point against sexual sin?
  • Based on Paul’s statements, what might the Corinthians be assuming about this topic? What is different about sexual sin that any other sin?
  • What does Paul emphasize through the three “do you not know” statements?
  • What truths from vs. 9-11 are important to know for the passage of focus this week? How dangerous is involvement in this sin?
  • The Sermon Study equipping class notes are available online for anyone wanting to dig deeper.  Please review this week's notes to help study this passage.  Click here for the notes. 

Prayerfully Meditate

  • Reflect on your current view of this sin or your involvement in it. Does this passage reveal a misconception you have held? How has this passage informed your view of sex?
  • Not limited to the topic of sex; how does this passage speak to your view of your body? What area(s) of your life come to mind when you read vs. 12?  What are you being "dominated" by?  
  • How close are you at this moment to sexual immorality?  What would it take for you to "flee" from it in your own life?
  • How does the truth of vs. 19-20 influence your daily life?  Have any sins in your own life come to light through this passage?  What specific actions should you take?