One in Christ
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,[d] but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[e] the Spirit.
Unity of the Saints –
In this passage, Paul is breaking down the dividing wall between gentile believers and Jewish believers, by pointing to the fact that we are all united in Christ.
We don’t have the same issues with Jewish believers in our midst today, but let us expand the principle to all believers.
Q1. Have you ever experienced disunity in a relationship? If so, how did it affect you?
Q2. Expand that to the church, do you think the body can operate effectively when there is strife between members?
Q3. In light of Paul’s teaching, should there be a hierarchy of believers in the church?
Q4. How should we handle differences of opinion between believers?
Q5. Do you currently have a grudge, or issue with another believer (whether in this church or not)?
Moving the Life Group Forward –
Q1. Has anyone acted on last week’s exhortation to find people for us to serve?
If not, I will start advertising our services on our neighborhood’s bulletin board service. Of course, service is not the end, but rather the means to being able to develop relationships for sharing the Gospel and disciplining those who are outside the faith. We will always serve member of the church, but I also want to start making an impact in our local communities.
I also want to assign individuals to specific roles in our group. I am going to name the role, and give a brief description of the responsibilities, and I want each of you to either volunteer, or nominate someone to fill that role.
Teacher-in-Training – Someone who Kristy and I will work with to help them learn how to prepare and become comfortable in presenting a lesson to others.
Prayer Leader – A person who will take point in recording and making others aware of prayer needs in our group. They need to be prepared to take notes during class and post those requests to Facebook. Also, this person will dedicate themselves to praying for the group, and group members; also, be the POC for community outreach (Prayers)
Greeter / Hospitality Lead – This person will be responsible for greeting everyone who attends Grace through Faith, especially visitors. This person will coordinate with the administrator to keep track of absent members for follow-up.
Activity Coordinator (Male / Female) – Individuals who are excited about thinking up new ideas for Life Group activities. Once per month we can hold a general vote on which activity we will do. This person will coordinate the details with other members (i.e. a day at the zoo – they would gather information regarding pricing, determine the best day / time for the group, and make arrangements with the venue (if necessary)).