“Everything Belongs”

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-9. What do you think Paul's emotional tone was when writing this (for example, was it in ALL CAPS)? Have you experienced factions in a church or spiritual group? Talk about a few examples.

  2. Now read 1 Corinthians 3:21-23. What do you make of the phrase "all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God"? What is the significance of this?

  3. There are many examples of the bible pulling in "secular" or "pagan" sources to make a point about truth. (e.g. Romans 2:14-15, Titus 1:10-13, and Acts 17:26-28). Does that surprise you at all? Does it challenge you at all? Why do you think it challenges some Christians?

  4. In John 4:16, Jesus bluntly says, "I am the truth." Pastor Michael said in his sermon that it is a trap to believe that Christians have the exclusive market on the truth, and that "Jesus came to destroy and demolish religion that claims that God is only 'over here.'" How do these statements strike you?

  5. Michael said in the sermon, "We fear no truth. We are threatened by no truth. We deny and avoid no truth." Do you agree? What are the implications of this in our day-to-day living?