Text Background: 1 Corinthians
Sermon Link: Centered Teaching Video
Family Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 8
Summary: We wrapped up our Centered Series last night looking at 1 Corinthians 8 and talked about that freedom we have in Christ. At Christmas time, we celebrate a baby that came to free us from sin, but can we take that freedom too far? What is the purpose of that freedom? In our culture we view freedom as rights that we must have an also use at all times. But in the Kingdom of God, though he believes in our rights, our freedoms are to always be sacrificed for the sake of the community. If our freedoms are getting in the way of other believers ability to walk with Jesus, then we need to reassess how we use our freedoms.
These are questions to ask your teenager that are deeper than, “How was your Wednesday night?!” and them reply, “…good.”
- What freedoms do we have in Christ?
- What are some things that we might be free to do that might cause other people to sin?
- What is the line between legalism and sacrificing our freedoms for others?
- How does the stronger person show grace? The weaker person?
- What is the power of a church that puts each other before their freedoms and rights?
These are things you can do for the message to stick.
- Pick one thing in your life you’ll give up for one week, one month, or the whole year, with the intention that giving it up will help you build relationships with other people and draw them closer to Jesus?
- Join a small group and bring your teenager to Sunday morning small groups. A community to learn in and invest in holds us accountable to be obedient. It’s very difficult to run from God and simultaneously be surrounded by His people.