Lesson No. 528
1 Corinthians Chapter 8
"Where's the Beef?"

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Questions about food offered to idols

1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him. 4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. 5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6 but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 11 and through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

Lesson No.  58                       "Where's the Beef?"

1st Corinthians 8                                        08/23/2020

1)  Paul sets the stage in the first verse for the chapter; what does he mean when he says knowledge puffs up but charity (love) edifies?

2) Verses 2 and 3 mean what?

3) Paul identifies the problem in verses 4 and 5.  What was the big deal about eating meat that had been used in pagan worship?

4) Paul proclaims in verse 6 that God is God over all, idol worship meat has no power or sin, but if a Christian eats it, what can happen?  (Hint verse 7)

5) Verse 8 says that eating this meat or not eating it means nothing to God and to us that know God, but verse 9 defines the problem for some.  What does he mean when he says some Christians are 'weak"?

6) Verse 10 is interesting, it basically says that perception to some might be the thing that pricks their conscious, because it is of faith, or...?

7) Verses 11 and 12 highlight the importance of this- it's not just about one or two that might be offended by these actions, what happens if the 'weak' Christian is offended?  Do we live like this?

8) Paul makes a bold statement here in verse 13 to conclude the chapter.  What does he says he will do if eating this meat is a problem for other Christians?

9) This could have been a bigger problem- how about a Jew, like Peter, converted to Christianity, now eating pork?  Is this the 'tradition' issue?

10) OK, forget meat offered to idols in pagan worship, what else do we do like this where we are at liberty to do it, but should not for this reason?

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