Thursday, July 20, 2017
Chapter of Study: 1 Corinthians 12
As we commenced our study on Chapter 12, St. Paul pressed the Corinthians to remember that every member plays an essential part within the church. Der Hayr pointed out that one of the biggest issues within the Corinthian Church was pride, and that they had seemed to have forgotten this truth.
We proceeded to discuss how we might seek out opportunities to bring out each member’s unique gifts within our own church, recognizing the ability to pray as perhaps the greatest gift of the Spirit. Alongside any acts of service or monetary contributions, our Bible Study members considered the notion of introducing a weekly prayer group within our church.
Contrastingly, we discussed how individuals who deem being born and baptized Christian enough in terms of one’s salvation as demonstrating an immense lack in use of one’s gifts to serve God. Our study guide for this chapter concluded with relevant advice once given to John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church: “Sir, you wish to serve God and go to heaven. Then you must find companions or make them, for the Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.”
4. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
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. – 1 Corinthians 12:12
21. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. – 1 Corinthians 12:21-22
26. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. – 1 Corinthians 12:26