Be The Church #1 - Who is The Church?

 

1 Peter 2:9-10

[9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

Sunday Notes

Questions for Community

1. How would you identify God’s people (the church)? How does that line up with Peter’s description of the church as “chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation?”

2. Peter also describes the church as “a people for his (God’s) own possession.” How does belonging to God and to his people change who we are and how we live?

3. Why might Peter want us to recall that once we were not a people (though now we are)? Why would he want us to recall that once we had not received mercy? What has it meant for you to receive God’s mercy?


Be The Church #2 - What is The Church devoted to?

 

Acts 2:42-47

[42] And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. [43] And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. [44] And all who believed were together and had all things in common. [45] And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. [46] And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, [47] praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 

Sunday Notes

 

Questions for Community

Read Acts 2:1-41.
1. What events happened in these verses? What is significant about these events?
 
Read Acts 2:42-47.
2. What things was the early church devoted to?
 
3. In what ways did the church flourish as a result of being devoted to these things?
 
4. What things are you most devoted to? How do these things contribute or take away from your flourishing, the flourishing of your family, or the flourishing of the church?


Be The Church #3 - How does The Church make an impact?

 
 

Eph 4:11–16

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

 

Sunday Notes

 

Questions for Community

Read Ephesians 4:11–16.

1. According to this passage, what is God’s design for training his people? What is the beautiful outcome?

2. Why do God’s people need to be equipped?

3. How does serving the church bring unity and maturity?

4. Who is equipping you? In what ways? Who are you equipping?


Be The Church #4 - "How Does The Church Have Spirit Empowered Ministry?"

 
 

1 Corinthians 12:4-20

[4] Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; [5] and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; [6] and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. [7] To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. [8] For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, [9] to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, [10] to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. [11] All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

    [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. [15] If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. [16] And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. [17] If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? [18] But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. [19] If all were a single member, where would the body be? [20] As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

 

Questions for Community

1. Have you ever thought about the spiritual gifts God has given you? What are your gifts? If you don’t know, how will you discover what they are?

2. Are you using your gifts? If so, in what ways? If not, how might you start serving the body with your gifts?

3. How does the metaphor of “the body” help you understand how spiritual gifts are to function?

4. How can you encourage others to use their gifts in the body?