Today is Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018. Good morning! Today we will see the Gospel displayed in a very personal and intimate manner. We will see Paul make clear that there is an expression of the Gospel to be seen in both our personal stewardship of our own bodies, as well as the body of Christ that we are incorporated into. The way we steward both bodies will either do well to showcase the radical transformation the Gospel causes on anything it touches, or help a testimony be viewed as weak or false.
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
[1 Corinthians 3: 16-17]
16 Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_What does Paul say the Corinthians are? Where does God’s Spirit dwell? (v.16-17). (Reference Galatians 2:20)
_What will God do to anyone who destroys His temple? (v.17)
_What is God’s temple described as? (v.17)
_What are you? What are we? (v.17)
_What of verse 16 recognizes the Gospel as the catalyst in believers being declared a temple of God? Please use the following verses as reference. (Romans 8:9)
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_Do you believe that you/we are the temple of God?
_Do you treat yourself/others as if God’s Spirit dwells in you/them?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)