- When was a time that you had a serious physical ailment or injury? How did that ailment or injury affect your daily life and activity?
- This week at Eastbrook Church, we continue our series, Pave the Way, with a look at the way God is putting the church together. Whether you are on your own or with a group, read 1 Corinthians 12 out loud as this Scripture will shape most of this study.
- In 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, who is the central figure in the gifts and abilities that are given to the church? What does this figure do? Why are these gifts and abilities given to the church?
- The Apostle Paul compares the church to the human body in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. Why do you think this is a fitting analogy?
- One problem that arises in the body is described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:15-16. What is that problem, and what does Paul say about it?
- A second problem that arises in the body is described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:21. What is that problem, and what does Paul say about it?
- Paul echoes a central theme of God’s plans and power in the church in 1 Corinthians 12:18, 24-25. This is true of the Corinthian church and it is true of Eastbrook Church. It is true of individual Corinthian believers and individual Eastbrook Church believers. What do you think is your unique contribution to the church?
- This week, Pastor Matt mentioned three specific ways we can participate in the Pave the Way project for this fall. Pray on your own or with your group about how you will actively participate in the project. Identify one or two specific things. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another. Close in prayer.
Next week we will continue the “Pave the Way” series by looking at the role of hospitality in the ministry of the church. To prepare, you could look at Matthew 25:35; Exodus 22:21; Hebrews 13:2; and Romans 15:7.