Sermon Discussion Questions | "The Only Assessment that Matters"

Paul begins with the appeal “let no one deceive himself,” thinking to be “wise” in the ways of the world, but actually “foolish” before God. Rather, Christians are “foolish” in the eyes of society and culture, because they identify themselves with Christ and the message of the gospel (3:18-19). What does it mean to “become a fool” in the eyes of the world? How does this particularly challenge you? What might it look like for you to be “foolish” in the eyes of the world/society in your present circumstances and relationships?

The apostle describes Christian leaders as “servants” of Christ and “stewards” of God’s mysteries (4:1). For those aspiring to pastoral ministry, how does this description challenge your endeavors for future ministry?

At the end of 1 Cor 4:5, Paul states that the believer will receive his or her commendation, anticipating a positive verdict. How might living with the perspective that God’s future verdict of you will be commendation (not condemnation) affect the way you live in the present?

 

[by Andrew Preston]