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Bible Study: God is Faithful - Epiphany 2

Text: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, lectionary series A

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Objective
Participants will:
1.Have a better understanding of how God's faithfulness is not dependent on man's actions, but is a gift of love.
2.Participants can discover God's faithfulness in their own lives and how to respond to it.

 

Materials Needed
Bibles
Pencils
Paper
Dictionary or Bible Dictionary

Group Guidelines
Divide into smaller groups of 4-5 people. Choose as the leader the person whose birthday is closest to today's date. The leader's job is to keep the discussion moving and to see that each group member has a chance to respond.

 

Building Community
1.Have each group form a circle, with each person facing their own group members. Take turns sharing names and grade levels if members do not know one another.

2.Pick one of the following phrases and have each member of the group complete each sentence:

a.One example of faithfulness I've seen among my friends is. . .

b.One example of faithfulness I've experienced in my family is. . .

c.One example of faithfulness I've seen in this church is. . .

3.After everyone has shared, pick one group member to look up the definition of faithfulness in a Bible dictionary or in a regular dictionary. Ask group members:

4.Were there any new aspects of faithfulness that you hadn't thought of before? If so, share with the group.

 

Looking at God's Word

1.In this passage of Scripture, Paul reminds the Corinthian Christians of God's faithfulness. Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. The group members may take turns reading a verse.

2.Discuss with your group the following questions:

a.What are some of the things Paul is thanking God for?

b.What are some of the gifts God has blessed the Corinthians with?

c.How does God show His faithfulness to the Corinthians?

d.How does God show His faithfulness to us?

e.Refer to Matthew 28:20, 1 John 1:9, Psalm 119:90, Deuteronomy 7:7-9.

 

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned

1.Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 again in your group. God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

2.Have group members discuss the following:

3.How has God been faithful in your own life? Group members may share a few examples.

4.Have each group member pick one of the following sentences to complete:

a.One example of faithfulness I can share. . .

b.An example of faithfulness I can share with my family because God is faithful to me is. . .

 

 

 

Closing

Close with group members praying for the person on their right.

 

 

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 8, studies on the Epistle readings for lectionary series A, in 1995.

Republished and revised in January 2014 for thESource.

 



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