Theme: We are BETTER TOGETHER
- What was the best team you were ever a part of? Why was it the best? What was the worst team you were ever on? Why was it the worst?
- Can you think of a time when someone took you “under their wing” (invited you IN)? Who was it? What did they do?
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
- What would you say is the main point Paul is driving at in these verses?
- Paul says that the gifts people receive are “empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions each one individually as he wills?” What does this mean to you? Does this “take the pressure off” or make things more complicated?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-21
- Paul says that “if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body.’” What lesson was he trying to teach the believers at Corinth? Is there a lesson in this for you?
- If “God arranged the members in the body, each of them as he chose,” what does this mean for us? What does it mean for you? What do you suppose our job is in all of this?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:22-26
- Paul says that the “parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” What does this mean?
- He goes on to say that “on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor.”What does he mean, do you think, and what might be a practical example in our church today of this?
- What does it mean that “God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it?”
Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-31
- Paul asks several questions in these verses. Is this one of those times where there are different answers to each question or is Paul attempting to get the reader to realize there is only one answer? If so, what is the answer? What is the point he is driving at?
- How would you assess what “member of the body” you are? How are you gifted to serve for the “common good?”
- Pastor Mark quoted Acts 2:1 in his message: “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” He then shared his view that it is possible for everyone to be in the same place but NOT be together. Have you seen examples of that? What do you think is necessary for everyone to truly BE TOGETHER?
- Share a time when you think the church has demonstrated that they were all together.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, thank you for empowering each of us with your gifts and power. Thank you for taking the care to design each of us in a special way, according to your plan and purpose for us and all for the common good.
Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the following questions, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.
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What is your immediate reaction to Pastor Mark’s statement:
“Faith moves mountains but LOVE CLIMBS THEM.”
Talk in your group about what this means to you personally. When you think of the mountain Jesus climbed for you, what does it cause to happen inside of you?
Read 1 Corinthians 13
Paul talks about having powerful gifts in verses 1-3 but concludes none of them are worth a thing if LOVE is not in them all. Think of someone you know that emulates this in their life and share with your group what you admire about them.
Look at the list of descriptions about what love is and how it operates in verses 4-7. Be honest…which of these descriptions are strengths of yours? Which of them do you need to work on?
Paul says at the end of this chapter: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three: but the greatest of these is love.” How would you explain what you think he means by this? What does this mean for you personally? What does this mean for your group?
Pray Together: Dear Lord Jesus, please help us love like you did. We know that is a tall order and a steep climb, but we know that love does that…it climbs mountains. In your name, Amen.