A STUDY OF 1 CORINTHIANS (Lesson Seven)
                                    Stronger Christians Should Consider Other Christians
                                                            1 Corinthians 8 (845)


          A.  The Apostle Paul instructed the Christians in Corinth about “things offered to idols.”
                Vv 1,4

          B.  Idolatry was a great influence in the Corinthian society.

          C.  Many of the Christians had been converted from idolatry (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
               1.  Meat offered to idols was served often in their society, so how should Christians
                    respond?  Eat or not?

     I.  There were two parties in the church on this issue.

         A.  Those who ate meat that had been offered to idols with the understanding that
               that an idol was nothing.  VV4-6

         B.  Those who refused to eat meat that had been offered to idols and considered the
               practice detestable. V7 

   II.  This difference presented potential problems and might have already caused problems.

         A.  If a Christian who thought it was wrong was influenced to eat, he/she would sin.  Vv
               9-11,7; Romans 14:22-23 (839)

         B.  The one/ones who caused a brother to sin, would sin against Christ. Vv11-12

  III.  Paul’s instructions.

         A.  For those who ate meat not to be arrogant, but to practice love.  Vv1-3

         B.  For those who ate meat not to use their liberty as a stumbling block. Vv9,13

         C.  For those who didn’t eat meat not to ask certain questions (1 Cor. 10:25-29)
         D.  The rule: 1)  Give thanks to God.  2) Do it to the glory of God.  3) Don’t put
               stumbling block in way of others.  1 Cor. 10:30-33  Application: __



  Closing:  1) Practice love.  2) Never influence someone to violate his conscience.  3) Consider
                  the impact on others.  Read 1 Cor. 10:31-33