Aware of the Dangers
Temptation is real. And so is the danger of making sinful choices that displease the Lord of our lives. Fortunately for our sakes, others before us have made unfortunate choices that we can learn from. While the Bible is filled with examples of success, it is just as often filled with examples of failure. Pay attention, God says. Be alert to that which causes you to fall and draws you away from living faithfully for Him.
Throughout the Bible, God issues warnings to believers to be careful about how we’re living. Read 1 Corinthians 10:12. What warning does God give us in this verse? What does it mean to fall?
Now read the entire passage (1 Cor. 10:1-13) for a specific context. What five blessings did the Israelites enjoy (notice verses 1-4)? Can you recount five blessings in your history with God?
We’re told that God was not pleased with most of the Israelites (v. 5). How have the Israelites become our examples (v. 6)? What lessons have you learned by watching others who have failed?
What were the five occasions of disobedience and the consequences of the sinful actions of the Israelites (vss. 6-10)?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:11. Why does God warn believers about sin? What is the discipline of God (Hebrews 12:5-11)? How might the consequences of our sinful actions remain with us even though we experience God’s forgiveness?
1 Corinthians 10:13 is a popular verse. What does this verse teach you about temptation?
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