Do you ever wonder how God feels about drinking beer, smoking, music, dancing, chewing tobacco, tattoos, bars, dating, R-rated movies, cussing, and other areas of life? Many times we are tempted to classify these areas in a category sometimes referred to as “gray areas”. This causes us to be unsure of ourselves and easily influenced by others. A person who does not have clarity from God’s word in these areas is a person who is “tossed here and there by the waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14).”
In order to develop your own personal convictions, use The Corinthian Grid. Pick a specific area of your life and take it through the grid. Look up the passage, meditate on the principle from God’s word, and ask the application question for the specific area of your life. Then, set your convictions based on the principles from God’s word.
The Corinthian Grid
1. Read 1 Corinthians 6:12
Principle: Do not allow yourself to be mastered by anything except Christ.
Application: Could this master me or get me in its control? Could I be totally content without this in my life?
2. 1 Corinthians 6:18; Mark 9:43-47
Principle: Do not put yourself in situations of obvious temptation.
Application: Does this tempt me against God’s will?
3. 1 Corinthians 8:9,13; Mark 9:42
Principle: Do not cause others to stumble.
Application: Does this cause others to stumble?
4. 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23a, 10:33
Principle: Do all things for the sake of reaching others for Christ.
Application: Does this help or hinder me from reaching others for Christ?
5. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Principle: Do everything for the glory of God.
Application: Does this glorify God?