By Michael C. Mack
1. How did you learn about “the birds and the bees”? How old were you?
Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.
2. What were the Corinthian Christians asserting about their rights? How did those “rights” apply, in their minds, to their bodies and sex?
3. How did Paul describe the Christian’s body? What is its purpose? What illustrations did he use to help his readers understand his point?
4. How does sexual sin differ from other kinds of sins?
5. “It’s my body. I have the right to do whatever I want with it.”
• How would you respond to a good friend or your child who made this statement?
• In what ways is this line of thinking today similar to the way the Corinthians thought?
• How does Paul’s final appeal—that you are not your own, since you were bought at a high price—help Christ followers live a holy life?
6. Break into same-gender subgroups. Discuss: When faced with sexual temptations, what is the best thing to do? How do (or should) you handle the situation? What’s your biggest struggle in this area? What are you working on? How can the subgroup pray for you?
Michael Mack is the author of 16 small group books and discussion guides, including I’m a Leader . . . Now What? (Standard Publishing). He also leads church training events and consults with churches through his ministry, Small Group Leadership (www.smallgroupleadership.com).