Monday, October 12, 2015

Lesson outline on the Body of Christ


Discussion Point I.  Video, “I am a Christian But.  . . “  What do you think of this?  What positive things are being said?  What not-so-positive things?
 
 In my mind, these young people do not understand the body of Christ. 
Our passage today is I Corinthians 12:12-30 (12-20, 21-26, 27-30).  I will add Psalm 139 to the mix

You have probably heard several sermons or read these passages many times before.  The issue is not so much what they mean but what do they mean for us personally and what are we going to do about them?  What one thing right now can we do differently to make the truth of “the body of Christ” meaningful and real in our lives, and what can we do long-term?

Discussion Point II:  List all the parts of the body (organs, limbs, etc.) you can in the time allotted.

Question 1:   Which part of the body could be eliminated and it have no effect on the rest of the body?
Question 2:  Which part of the body could be eliminated and keep living and thriving on its 

The people of Paul’s time reading this letter did not know about cells, dendrites, neurons, etc. but they did know basic anatomy and what happened when one part of the body disappeared or failed.  

 Psalm 139:14-18.

God chose to use the body as a metaphor or explanation point for the church for several reasons.  In fact, I do not really think of it as a metaphor, because a metaphor always breaks down.  (If I say, “She is jewel” about someone I work with whom I really like and is indispensable to the office, like my friend Donna Hendrix, I only mean she is like a jewel in being valuable and precious.  I don’t mean she is hard, could be put in jewelry, could be bought and sold, etc.)  However, with the body of Christ, we really are his body: 
·      He cares for us like he would a physical body.
·      We are the physical presence of Christ on earth while he is in heaven.
·      We suffer together as he does and rejoice together as he does.
·      He is the head and we are dependent on him fully.
·      The Holy Spirit is the “life force” and keeps us alive and united.
·      We need each other and no one part of the body is indispensable.
·      The physical aspect of our lives is important (we are not all spirit).
·      It is not good to be alone.  We do not really thrive and grow spiritually (or otherwise) away from people.  To think so is to buy a lie.  (Genesis 2:18).  We have idealized aloneness. 
·      Other? 

What other organizations and groups have you participated in? 
As a body, the church is different from any other group.  How? 
Why is “body life” not attractive to us?
o   Sense that time is wasted with other people
o   Rejection, which has very little to do with the rejectee and everything to do with the rejecter.  John 6:60-69.
o   Not our style 
o   Not sure what we contribute
o   Just plain messy
o   Too much other stuff
  TAKEAWAYS: 
1.     Our church needs a re-igniting of this idea of body life.  Are we a social club or a night club?  Neither. 
2.   We ourselves need each other.  My story:  A woman I avoid.  She needs the church.  Time to God is the eternal now.   I need the church. 

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