Sermon Bible Study Guides

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 - March 16th 2018

Of First Importance

Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

  1. What does Paul want to remind his readers of? Why does he want to do that?
  2. What does he consider of first importance?
    1. What are the components of this message that he delievers?
  3. Why is the appearance of Jesus to so many people so important?
  4. Why is it important that Jesus appeared to Paul himself?
    1. Why does Paul consider himself unworthy to be called an apostle?
    2. Despite this, why is he an apostle?
  5. How had Paul responded to God’s grace in his life?
  6. Has that made a difference in his ministry versus the other apostles? What has been the purpose of all their ministries?


  1. Why do the Corinthians need to remember that the gospel is of first importance? How should this inform the conflicts in the Corinthian church?
  2. Why do they need to be reminded that Paul and the other apostles are all qualified to teach this gospel? How should this inform the way they relate to each other in the church?
  3. How should we think about our own unity as a church? What is it centered on?
  4. Paul speaks a lot about the resurrection. What importance do you give to the resurrection in your daily Christian life?
  5. How do you respond to the grace of God in your life? How do you respond when you feel undeserving of it?

Philemon - February 23rd 2018

God’s Reconciling Power

Read Philemon 1-7

  1. Who does Paul address this letter to?
  2. How does Paul greet them?
  3. What does he do in his prayers?
    1. What does he rejoice in?
  4. Who are ‘all the saints’?
    1. What does he prayer for?
  5. Who in particular is he speaking to when he describes his prayer?


  1. What is modeled for us in Paul’s prayer in terms of our attitude towards other Christians?
  2. What does this teach us about the effects of our care towards fellow Christians?

Read Philemon 8-23

  1. Why does Paul appeal to Philemon, rather than command him (v8,9, 14)?
  2. What is the appeal he makes? What does he want Philemon to do?
  3. Why does there seem to be conflict between Philemon and Onesimus?
  4. How does Paul use his relationship with Philemon in this situation? What does he hope for from Philemon?
  5. Why do you think he mentions preparing a guest room?
  6. What does the grace of Christ (v3, 25) have to do with the message of the book itself?


  1. What can we learn about the sort of obedience the Lord wants from us from this passage?
  2. How does our relationship with Christ affect our relationships with other Christians?
    1. What did this look like in Philemon’s life?
    2. How could this look in your life?