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Christians and Controversial Topics | 1 Corinthians 8

How do Christians preserve unity when they disagree on controversial topics? Jermaine Harrison walks us through 1 Corinthians 8 and shows us how we can foster unity when seeing things differently pushes us to divide.

Jermaine HarrisonJun 12, 2022
1 Corinthians 8:1-13

In This Series (14)
Giving, Sharing, and Living for the Gospel | 1 Corinthians 9
John ElmoreJun 19, 2022
Christians and Controversial Topics | 1 Corinthians 8
Jermaine HarrisonJun 12, 2022
Being Single | 1 Corinthians 7:7-40
Timothy "TA" AteekJun 5, 2022
Fighting For Your Marriage | 1 Corinthians 7:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 22, 2022
Sex and Glorifying God | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 15, 2022
Conflict: An Inevitable Opportunity | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 1, 2022
Church Discipline: Sin, Grace, and Shepherding | 1 Corinthians 5
John ElmoreApr 24, 2022
The Resurrection Is the Remedy to Our Hypocrisy | 1 Corinthians 15
Timothy "TA" AteekApr 17, 2022
The Purpose, Plot Twists, and Power of Christ | 1 Corinthians 4
John ElmoreApr 10, 2022
Being a Healthy Church | 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 27, 2022
The Miracle of Spiritual Maturity | 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 20, 2022
The Miracle of Salvation | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 13, 2022
Priority, Preference, and Power | 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
John ElmoreMar 6, 2022
Called, Gifted, and Kept by Jesus | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John ElmoreFeb 27, 2022


Much like society today, the people of the Corinthian church found themselves divided over controversial (not foundational to the Christian faith) topics. In 1 Corinthians 8, Paul addresses Christians and challenges them to desire and pursue unity amongst each other. Here are 3 habits that create unity when controversial topics push to divide us:

  • Care more about making a difference than making a point. (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)
    • Knowledge should ultimately lead to the benefit of other believers. If knowledge makes you feel superior or to live how you want, you’re missing the point.
    • The most important kind of knowing is to be known by God.
  • Pursue truth while practicing patience. (1 Corinthians 8:4-8)
    • Run from idols and run to God – the only true source of rescue, meaning, and satisfaction. Firmly believing this truth and allowing our convictions to be informed by it takes time, hard work, commitment, and humility.
    • Our experiences, upbringing, and culture often have a direct impact on what we believe and how we live our lives. Deeply held beliefs don’t change overnight, so be patient with each other.
    • What commends us to God isn’t correct convictions but a clean heart.
  • Limit your freedom so others can freely follow Jesus. (1 Corinthians 8:9-13)
    • We all have more influence than we think we do on our friends, family, children, students, roommates, coworkers, etc.
    • We should view every Christian as the object of Christ’s love and affection.
    • If your actions motivate a fellow Christian to sin, you are not free to do it.
    • God invites us into something greater than rules and law; He invites us to a higher law of love.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • How can you be known for compassion, patience, and gentleness?
  • In what ways can you display patience while pursuing truth?
  • Do you need to seek forgiveness in a relationship from for making a disagreement a matter of spiritual maturity or for motivating another Christian to sin?
  • Which one of these habits do you want to be challenged by the Lord to act on?