1. Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-16.
2. How would you describe Paul’s view on sexual intercourse within marriage? What does this tell us about God’s view of the body?
3. Why is sexual intercourse so important for a married couple? Why is it unwise to hold up celibacy as something required for all?
4. Do you think that one person can be responsible for another person’s sin?
5. What do you think and feel as you read verse 4? How would marriages be impacted if a husband and wife both believed this? What might a non-believing friend say about this verse? How would you respond?
6. Why does Paul believe that it is good for the unmarried and the widows to remain single? What advantages does singleness have?
7. Read Genesis 2:18-25 and Matthew 19:1-12. Why should we not get divorced? What are some reasons for why divorce is so rampant in today’s society? What steps have you taken/can be taken to pursue a strong and lasting marriage?
8. What hope is there for those with unbelieving spouses?
9. What step can you take this next week to pursue a stronger marriage?
10. End your time together by having each person share:
i. What you must do in response to Sunday’s sermon.
ii. Encouraging words for another member of your group – how they have blessed you or others over the past couple of weeks.
iii. One area of struggle in their Christian walk.
iv. One person that they would like to see come to faith/return to God.
Pray for one another in light of these three items and any other concerns your group members might have.