16 May 1993

Basics study: Week 8

Week 8: The Body of Christ

This lesson is part of an 8-week study series on the basics of Christian life.

7:00 - 7:15 Gather, socialize.
7:15 - 9:00 Study/discussion.
9:00 - 9:10 Take prayer requests.
9:10 - 9:20 Pray.

Open in prayer.

Equality of Believers

7:15 Refresher

  1. On what basis are we forgiven? Romans 3:21-24
  2. Is any one Christian more righteous in God's sight than another?
  3. Do we ever feel that we are more or less righteous than someone else? Why?

7:20 Turn to Galatians 3:26-29.

  1. Does any one Christian have a higher status with God than another?
  2. What is our status?
  3. Do we ever feel like we have a higher or lower status than someone else? Why?

7:25 Turn to 1 Peter 2:9-10.

  1. Who are God's priests?
  2. If we are all priests, does any one person have more direct access to God than another?
  3. Are we then responsible to obey our church leaders?

(optional) 1 Peter 2:13-17

  1. What is the source of our leaders' authority?

Romans 13:1-2

  1. How many priesthoods are there?

Roles

7:30 Turn to 1 Corinthians 12:4-7,11.

  1. Do we all have the same gift or role in the Church?
  2. Who decides who shall have what gift?
  3. Is there anyone in the Church who is not responsible for ministry? 1 Peter 4:10

7:35 Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-14,17-20,24b-27.

  1. Is any one part of the Body of Christ more important than another?
  2. What should be the attitude of one part of the Body to another?
  3. Do we ever feel like we are more or less important than someone else? Why?
  4. How can we encourage those who feel unimportant?
  5. How can we discover our own role in the Body?

Divisions

7:45 Turn to 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.

  1. What is Paul's attitude toward divisions in the Church?
  2. There are 51 separate headings for Christian churches in the Duncanville Yellow Pages, not counting obvious cults. How can we apply this principle today when there are so many different denominations around?

7:50 Turn to 1 Corinthians 3:1-5.

  1. What is Paul's attitude toward those who bring about divisions in the Church?
  2. What should be our attitude toward Christians who don't share our views?
  3. Without trying to resolve those issues, can we list some issues which cause divisions in the Church of today? How should we respond to these?

(optional) Turn to Colossians 3:7-11.

  1. What room is there for political differences within the Church body?

Love

7:55 Turn to John 13:34-35.

  1. What one principle should guide all interactions between Christians?
  2. If we truly loved each other, could there be divisions in the Church?
  3. What is the promised result of Christians loving each other?

8:00 Turn to 1 John 3:16-18.

  1. What should be the limit to the love we show each other?
  2. Do you think most Christians today make a habit of giving generously to those who are in need?
  3. What does John say about people who don't? 1 John 4:19-20
  4. What can we change in our lives to help us show more love?

Opinion & Tradition

(optional) Turn to 1 Corinthians 8:1-3.

  1. What does it mean, "Knowledge puffs up, but loves builds up"?
  2. What should be our attitude toward our own knowledge?
    • secondary to love

8:10 Turn to Romans 14:1-4.

  1. What should be our attitude toward a brother who does something we disagree with?

8:15 Read Romans 14:13-15.

  1. What should be our attitude toward a brother who disapproves of our behavior?

8:20 Read Romans 14:19;15:5-7.

  1. What would you say is the underlying principle in this section?

(optional) Read Romans 14:22-23.

  1. How should we handle questionable matters ourselves?

Correction

8:25 Turn back to Romans 14:1.

  1. Are there matters which are not disputable?
  2. How can you decide which matters are indisputable? 2 Timothy 3:16

8:30 Turn to Colossians 3:12-17.

  1. What should be our attitude to a Christian who clearly does wrong?
    • forgive and admonish
  2. Why should we forgive each other?
  3. Is this how we react?
  4. Does forgiveness mean we should ignore wrongs done by other Christians?
  5. Why should we admonish each other?

8:35 Turn to James 5:16,19-20.

  1. What should be our attitude toward a brother who sins?
  2. What responsibility do we have?

8:40 Turn to Matthew 18:15-17.

  1. What sorts of situations are being addressed here?
  2. What do we need to do before we decide to correct a brother?
  3. What is the first step in correcting a brother who is clearly sinning?
  4. Is this step optional?
  5. What are some reasons why we may not want to take this step?
  6. What are the next steps?
  7. What does it mean to "treat him as you would a tax collector or a pagan"?
  8. Is this procedure compatible with forgiveness?
    • notice the section that starts in v. 21

(optional) Read Matthew 18:18-20.

  1. Why do these verses appear here?
    • authority of the Church to correct and censure

(optional) Turn to 1 Corinthians 5:1-2,11-13.

  1. What sorts of situations are being talked about here?
    • unrepentant habitual sinners who are part of the Church
  2. Does this mean we should not associate with non-believers?
  3. What should be the extent of our reaction to these people?
  4. What is the purpose of such action? v. 5
  5. Does the Church generally take this responsibility seriously?

8:50 Turn to 1 Corinthians 6:1,4-8.

  1. Should a Christian ever take another Christian to court?
    • If so, when?
  2. How can the Church help prevent lawsuits between believers?

Summary

8:55 Turn to Hebrews 10:23-25.

  1. What should be the attitude in the Church?
  2. How can we help foster this attitude?

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