Last week, we talked about the fact that the church is the Family of God. This week, Rev. Jeremiah Cheung outlines God’s expectations of us as the Body of Christ and shares the principles we must follow to keep the church healthy and functioning effectively.
Scripture Passage: Ephesians 1:22-23 / 5:22-33
Christ is the Head of the Church and the Church is the Body of Christ. The Book of Acts in Chapter 9 records how Paul (previously called Saul) persecuted God’s church. On Paul’s way to Damascus, a light from heaven flashed around him and the Lord asked him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
Saul was persecuting the church but the Lord asked him “Why do you persecute me?” The Church is the Body of Christ. There are three very important truths found in this concept.
1. The body must be healthy [5:26-27]
a. Without ____________
b. Without ____________
2. The body must protect its __________ [5:23-24]
3. The body parts must be _________ and _________ [5:29-30, 4:16]
a. The different body parts must be mutually ______________
b. The different body parts must be mutually __________________
Lifegroup Discussion Questions
1. The Church is the Body of Christ. The most important thing for a physical body is that it must be healthy. This is also the case with the spiritual body. Paul pointed out that the body must be (a) without stain and (b) without wrinkle. What do these two problems pertain to? How can the body be stain-free and wrinkle-free?
2. The Church is the Body of Christ. The second important thing for a body is that it must protect its head because the head is its most vital part. The same is true with the spiritual body. Who is the head of the Church? How can we protect Him?
3. The Church is the Body of Christ. The third important thing for a body is that the different body parts must connected and must work in coordination. The same is true with the spiritual body. How can we be mutually connected and coordinated?