Flexible Thinking

Flexible Thinking

Sermon Notes

Neighboring Well – We are asking you to open up your life to other people, so you can look for opportunities to share God’s love.

We must be rigid with meaning of the gospel.
We must be flexible with the messaging of the gospel.

Key Passage – 1 Cor. 9:12-23
Key Question – Are you willing to give up your freedom in order to influence someone else toward Christ?

Discussion Questions

MAIN TEXT

1 Corinthians 9:12-23

TALK IT OUT

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 9:12. In this verse, what reason does Paul give for being willing to set aside his rights? Give some examples of “rights” you would be willing to set aside when necessary for the sake of furthering the Gospel.
  2. Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. In this passage, Paul describes how he adapted himself to the various types of people he met. What reason does he give for doing this? Do you agree with his strategy? Why or why not?
  3. How well do you know your surrounding neighbors? How many can you name? How many have you actually had any kind of meaningful conversation with? Identify one you haven’t met yet (or don’t know very well) and look for an opportunity this week to get to know them a little better.
  4. The Neighboring Toolkit recommends that you make yourself present in your neighborhood, becoming someone who is easy to bump into. Name two ways you could do this.
  5. Neighboring is a way of life, no matter where you are. Besides where you live, what other circles of influence do you operate in that provide you with neighboring opportunities?

LIVE IT OUT

  • What types of people do you find it difficult to adapt to? Why? Ask God to help you make any needed adjustments in this area.
  • Name some interests or hobbies you enjoy on a regular basis. What neighbor could you invite to join you in one of them next time?