NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church tomorrow (Jan. 26). This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. This sermon is the fourth (and final one) in a series entitled Gatherings.
To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.
Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this sermon series, or this particular sermon in a series.
To explore and emphasize the importance of our gathering together as a church.
These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this morning’s sermon.
• He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” … Jesus answered “… on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16.15-18 NRSV)
• You are God’s building. … no one can lay any foundation other than … Jesus Christ. … Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Cor. 3.9b,11,16-17 NLT)
• … you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Cor. 12.27 NIV)
• When he [Christ] came, he announced the good news of peace to you who were far away from God and to those who were near. We both have access to the Father through Christ by the one Spirit. So now you are no longer strangers and aliens. Rather, you are fellow citizens with God’s people, and you belong to God’s household. As God’s household, you are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. The whole building is joined together in him, and it grows up into a temple that is dedicated to the Lord. Christ is building you into a place where God lives through the Spirit. (Eph. 2.17-22 CEB)
Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump, to help the conversation begin. Choose one to discuss.
1. Without reference to what you do for a living, how would you describe yourself?
2. Tell us of a person (or group of people) instrumental in forming your life’s foundation.
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon.
1. In the texts above, what are God, Christ, and the Spirit specifically described as doing?
2. Utilizing the texts above, list what’s true of us by noting each use of the word “you.”
These questions assist our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us in our encounter with God’s word.
1. When you think of “the church,” is your first thought of it as human or divine? Why?
2. What part do you play in the portion of Christ’s body that we know as MoSt Church?
3. “… all of you together are the temple of God.” How is the church’s togetherness reflective of God being in us?
4. How is the church to make it obvious that what good it does is of God, and for God?
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid in living out today’s message in the coming days.
1. Meditate on the incarnate quality of Christ’s church; how it is both human and divine.
2. Work hard to “keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4.3)