Naked and Ashamed
Passage: 1 Corinthians 4:1–4:6
1 Corinthians 4:1-6; 1 John 3:19-22
- Where have you experienced shame? Describe your experience with a “condemning heart” (1 John 3:20). (WARNING: be very careful and compassionate with one another in discussing this topic.)
- Discuss Paul’s metaphor of being “puffed up” (1 Cor 4:6). What does he mean? What kind of behavior does being puffed up produce? Confess the times/situations where you’ve become puffed up. Can you connect it to your shame (Q#1)?
- Read 1 John 3:19-22 together again. How do we reassure our hearts before God? How does “the Father’s Song” help us do this? What spiritual disciplines might it involve?
- How can we help one another with this? What role does our community of friends play in reassuring our hearts before God? (For example: our words have great power- to condemn or to encourage and “build up.” How does this help us be very careful with our words?)