1 CORINTHIANS 7:25-40
All of us have so many questions about marriage, divorce, and remarriage. In the back half of 1 Corinthians 7 Paul offers up his thoughts, which are now permanently included in Scripture.
Paul opens this section by stating what he personally thinks that simple is better (7:25-28). He urges his readers to focus on living as if time is running out (7:29-31), because when it comes to marriage and family, distraction blunts effectiveness (7:32-35). The reality is that as long as motives and intentions are pure, it’s your call (7:36-38). For Paul, the bottom line is simply this: marriage is permanent, re-marriage is only in the Lord (7:39-40).
In many ways the end of 1 Corinthians 7 is a difficult passage. We tend to look for neat, tidy biblical answers that address a specific situation or scenario we either know of or are going through. Ultimately, the underlying foundation of this passage seems to be: Given your present situation, how can you live most effectively for Christ?
What will allow you to serve the Lord Jesus full on?
- Think about a married couple you have always appreciated and admired. What are the characteristics of that marriage you wish to imitate? Why?
- As you look back on this weekend’s message, what stands out to you as particularly relevant or insightful?
- Paul provides positive reasons in this passage for singleness, primarily the opportunity for undistracted service for Christ. If you are single, how can you practically carry this out in your life? If you are married, how can you be dedicated to Jesus without abandoning family responsibilities?
- What can you do this week, whether married or single, to “serve the Lord Jesus full on?” How can this group help you?