June 9, 2024

Are We Free To Do Whatever We Want?

We have freedom in Christ, but does this freedom mean we can do whatever we want? This week, Ptr. Nathan Tee reminds us to be considerate of others when we exercise our God-given freedom. Let us use our freedom in ways that build each other up.

Read Today’s Scripture Passage

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Life Group Discussion Guide

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1. Start with a prayer

2. Engage one another (15-30 mins)
– Share your understanding of Christian maturity. Is it biblical? What do you think influences your view of spiritual maturity?

3. Engage the mind (15-20 mins)
– Read the passage. What distinguishes knowledge and love? (vv.1-3) What are the potential consequences of possessing knowledge without love?
– If a fellow believer tells you, “My practice is not sinful. If this other believer sins as a result, that’s his problem.” Is his view biblical? How would you respond?

4. Engage the heart (15-20 mins)
– Do you find yourself more focused on exercising your rights and freedoms or on considering the impact of your actions on others? What areas do you need to be more considerate of others’ spiritual journeys?
– How has your conscience and understanding of spiritual freedom grown over time? Are there areas where you need to develop more sensitivity to the needs of other believers?

5. Engage the hands (15-20 mins)
– Identify a specific area where you can practice self-restraint out of love for others this week. How will you ensure that your actions reflect consideration for weaker/younger believers?
– Identify a way you can support a weaker/younger believer in your community. How can you use your freedom responsibly to build them up rather than cause them to stumble?

6. Engage with God in prayer (20-30 mins)
– Praise God for the wisdom and understanding He provides through His Word. Thank Him for revealing to us the importance of using our knowledge in love and for showing us that true freedom in Christ considers the well-being of others. Express your gratitude for the constant guidance and for the intimate relationship we can have with Him, where He reveals deeper Truths to us.
– Ask for forgiveness for the times you have allowed your knowledge to lead to arrogance and have failed to act in love. Repent for any instance where you have caused weaker believers to stumble by not being considerate of their faith journey. Ask God to give you the strength to willingly give up your rights and freedoms when necessary, so that you do not sin against Christ or hinder the spiritual growth of others.

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