Lesson 21 - “Going to the Law” - 1 Corinthians 6.1-11
ID: Inductive Questions (Asking the text questions like who, what, where, when, why, & how?”)
CR: Cross References (Comparing Scripture to Scripture, understanding the vague by the clear.)
WS: Word Study (Understanding definition, theological meaning, and usages in other passages.)
The WORD: What does the Bible say?
Context: Chapter five deals with a situation of sexual immorality in the church. What are some principles in chapter five that can apply to the situation described in 6:1-11? Also, review the verses that follow (6:12-20) and think about principles there that are connected with this text.
2. (1) Think of three or four words that could describe Paul’s initial reaction to the Corinthians taking each other to court (“going to law before the unrighteous”)? Why did Paul feel that way about how the Corinthians were handling their legal disputes?
3. ID: (1-8) What are the different terms Paul uses to refer to the Christians and non-Christians in verses 6:1-8? What is he seeking to reinforce by using these particular terms?
4. ID: Paul gives several reasons that believers “going to law before the unrighteous” or suing believers is bad. List them.
5. ID: What did Paul point to in order to show that believers should be competent to judge matters of this life?
6. CR: Can you think of examples (like Gen. 13:6-9) where Bible characters worked out disputes without going to court? What can we learn from their examples (good or bad)?
7. ID: (7-8) What words in these verses indicate of what kind of “lawsuits” are being discussed?
8. ID: (9-11) How do the final verses support Paul’s position on lawsuits?
The WALK: What should I do?
1. What should a Christian’s first priority be in disputes with a brother?
2. What does it tell non-Christians about us if we can't resolve our differences between each other?
3. Where do modern Christians go to resolve their “legal” disputes?
4. What are some advantages and disadvantages of settling a “lawsuit” between brothers in a church setting or with Christian mediation instead using of the courts?
5. Does this mean that Christian’s should never use the government courts?
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