Today is Thursday, May 17th, 2018. We love our individuality. Scroll through Instagram or Facebook and you can find countless posts on being original, different, or one of a kind. While we each are different in many ways and no two people are exactly alike the truth is, as John Donne put it, “No man is an island”. This could not be more true for the church. In his letter to the Corinthians Paul discusses this by talking about the Church as one body with many members. While we may be different we all have the common ground of Christ. We each make up a part of the whole. Yes, we are each individual, but we are all connected in this catholic (little c) church. We have been united and baptized into one body through the Holy Spirit. We are united each Sunday when we drink from the cup of one Spirit in communion. Let us not be divided over differences but united in one Spirit. We must remember that no one is better than another and we have all been saved by the grace of God.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What are some differences between our brothers and sisters in Christ?
_ What differences do you think can become divisive?
Eternal God, you have called us to be members of one body. Join us with those who in all times and places have praised your name, that, with one heart and mind, we may show the unity of your church, and bring honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
- Book of Common Worship
DISCOVER [1 Cor 12:12-14]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
_ In vs 12 what does a body have?
_ In vs 12 what is the body being compared to?
_ In vs 13 What were we baptized into?
_ In vs 13 What examples of people are given?
_ In vs 13 What were all made to drink of?
_ In vs 14 What does the body consist of?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ What member are you in the body of Christ?
_ Do you ever expect all members to be alike?
_ Is there, someone, you can invite into this diverse body to drink of one Spirit?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?