Small Group Questions:  The Gospel

Summary:  The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ, the son of God, has
come to earth and was born a human, died for our sins, was buried and raised to
life.  Acceptance of this Gospel means believing that God raised him from the
dead, repenting by accepting him as your savior and Lord, confessing him as
your Lord, and being immersed, signifying your new life as his bride.  This means
you are true and faithful to him forsaking all others, in sickness and health, etc.
until death till you are fully united!

Optional Ice Breakers:
-  What effect do aquaintances who “beat around the bush” have on you?
- When do you typically beat around the bush?

Discussion Questions:  (1 Cor 15:1-4)

1.  What is the Gospel?  What does Paul say about it?

2.  Why do we need the Gospel?  What does the Gospel do for us?  How does
one receive the Gospel?

3.  Whether Paul was writing to deal with internal strife, false teaching, or simply
to encourage the brethren, he nearly always begins his epistles referring to,
expanding on, or reminding his readers of the Gospel.  Why write about the
Gospel to those who have already obeyed the Gospel?  Why would a Christian
who has already obeyed the Gospel need to be reminded of the Gospel?

4.  In addition to keeping the Gospel front and center in writing to Christians,
Paul also kept the Gospel front and center in dealing with the lost.  In what ways
are you tempted to put things that are not Gospel, (such as religious issues),
front and center?  What can you do to keep focused on the Gospel?

5.  What is the difference between one whose goal is to win arguments as
opposed to one whose goal is to win souls?  What effects do each of these kind
of people have?  

6.  What does it take to win souls (rather than win an argument)?  How does the
Gospel fit into this?  How do you fit into this?  

7.  What changes to you need to make and pray for in your life?

Use 1 Cor 2:1-4 as a guide to your prayer