Gathered – Week 2Download this Week’s Discussion Guide
After talking for the last several weeks about seeing some of God’s purposes in being the church scattered, we are pivoting to focus on what it means to be the church gathered. In his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul gives instructions and several pointers on how to nurture a place where the life of Christ can be expressed in our midst.
SCRIPTURES, QUOTES AND COMMENTS
In Christ, the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:21-22 NET
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 NETNow there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different results, but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all.
1 Corinthians 14:25 NETIf the gifts of the Holy Spirit are manifest well and according to purpose, Paul says an unbeliever who comes in and sees this: “The secrets of his heart are disclosed, and in this way he will fall down with his face to the ground and worship God, declaring, “God is really among you.”
1 Corinthians 12:8-11 NETFor one person is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, and another the message of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another performance of miracles, to another prophecy, and to another discernment of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. It is one and the same Spirit, distributing as he decides to each person, who produces all these things.
1 Corinthians 14:26 NETWhat should you do then, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church.
1 Corinthians 14:29-33 NETTwo or three prophets should speak and the others should evaluate what is said. And if someone sitting down receives a revelation, the person who is speaking should conclude. For you can all prophesy one after another, so all can learn and be encouraged. Indeed, the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is not characterized by disorder but by peace.
DISCUSSION & REFLECTIONWhat kind of expectations do you have for your Discovery Group, that you can experience the presence of God’s spirit in your midst?
What kind of experiences in small groups have you had where you did experience this? What lessons have you learned when things didn’t turn out so great?
What do you do to prepare spiritually for the Discovery Group you are a part of? Do you come expecting to contribute something to build others up?br>
TAKE ACTIONAre there any attitudes, behaviors, or patterns you (or we as a church) need to repent of. Discovery Groups are a great place for that to happen.
Take time this week to pray and consider how you can come better prepared to build others up.
Who has situational challenges that keeps them from logging in, tuning in, or showing up that you could call or visit to relay the essence of what the Lord is saying to you?