WEEK 3 - WE OVER ME
1 CORINTHIANS 8:1-7
1 Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. 4 Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth--as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”-- 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
MORE THAN WHAT YOU KNOW
We could easily imagine that people were asking Paul and the leaders of the church about how walk out the gospel life in the midst of a pagan culture. How can we best love people and what is permissible as a follower of Jesus? With all these idols around us in everyday life, how do we live? Paul starts his train of thought with the issue of knowledge.
What’s the difference between knowledge and love?
Why is merely having knowledge (thinking through the lens of facts, laws and rules) not enough?What’s is Paul saying is most important?
Paul is affirming that, in Christ, we now live in a greater reality in the culture of the Kingdom, which is of greater worth and value than the pagan culture around them. Which culture do you hold greater allegiance to in your DAILY life? The world or the Kingdom? Explain.