Gathered – Week 3Download 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
Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For the one speaking in a tongue does not speak to people but to God, for no one understands; he is speaking mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouragement, and consolation. …but in the church I want to speak five words with my mind to instruct others, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue.
1 Corinthians 14:1-3, 19 NET
1 Corinthians 12: 21-25 NETThe eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor in turn can the head say to the foot, “I do not need you.” On the contrary, those members that seem to be weaker are essential, and those members we consider less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our unpresentable members are clothed with dignity, but our presentable members do not need this. Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member, so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another.
1 Corinthians 14:23-24 NETSo if the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and unbelievers or uninformed people enter, will they not say that you have lost your minds? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or uninformed person enters, he will be convicted by all, he will be called to account by all.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NETIf I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
DISCUSSION & REFLECTIONWhat could we do right now as a group to strengthen, encourage, comfort or instruct one another.
Are we making room for weaker members of the body, the uninformed, or unbelievers to participate in our lives together?
Consider taking time to pray for anybody in your group who has never been baptized and empowered in the Holy Spirit who wants to pursue that?
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.
Consider setting aside an empty chair each week to remind you as a group to pray for those who are weaker in the faith, uninformed, or unbelievers and how you might make space for them.
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?