The Body - The Problem of Elitism
1 Corinthians 12:20-26
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: The “elitist” member cannot dismiss the fellow believer with another gift.
- The problem of elitism, v. 21.
- The “weaker” parts of the body are indispensable, v. 22.
- The whole body is designed by God to care for one another, v. 25.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: Some of us have been around Aspen Ridge Church for a long time. Others are very new to this company of faith. How do you think the newcomers perceive the old timers? How do the old timers perceive the newcomers?
- Here certain members speak to others in a condescending tone: “I don’t need you.” The church in Corinth struggled with divisions (read 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 and 11:17-22). How might one slip into words, behaviors or attitudes that smack of elitism? Review 1 Corinthians 1:26-29.
- The Message translates v. 22 as “… the lower the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach!” Who are some less visible members that are vitally important to our mission? Who can you commend and encourage this week?
- God gives greater honor to the part that lacked it (v. 24)… so that members may have the same care for one another. Describe a healthy relationship(s) with your peers and what degree of transparency exists in that relationship(s).
- In v. 26, Paul states that the pain of one member is the pain of all. What can your small group do with and toward hurting members of the body? Read Romans 12:15.
Taking It Home: Our church has MANY MEMBERS-ONE BODY packets available for all. Please pick up such a packet and peruse it carefully. Begin to pray about what area(s) of service are of interest to you in the coming year of ministry. Talk to someone in your small group about it this week!
Happy Mother’s Day! If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.
MANY MEMBERS – ONE BODY
On May 16-17, during our corporate worship services we will receive an in-gathering of Ministry Menus for this series. Please prayerfully consider areas where God may be calling you to serve in the upcoming ministry year, and be ready to present your family’s menus that weekend. We are excited to see what God will do in 2016!
TIME CHANGE FOR DV8 GRADUATION CELEBRATION!
Please change your calendars and join us on Thursday, May 21 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Student Center to honor our graduating seniors. We will also be recognizing these seniors during services on May 16-17. If your student is graduating from high school or college, please contact the office so that we can be sure to include them for recognition.
MEMORIAL DAY “YES” WEEKEND
How does the gospel relate to political concerns in our nation and world today? We will attempt to answer that question during Aspen Ridge services Memorial Day weekend. This will be a “Yes” weekend focused on the gospel and how it relates to life and culture in our generation. Among other things, we will help people identify where they are in their spiritual journey, and invite people to make a faith commitment. Bring a friend!
We continue to see significant interest in following Christ into the waters of Baptism. Aspen Ridge will have our next baptism service on the weekend of July 11/12. If you are interested in baptism, the first step is to secure an interview with one of our pastors or church leaders. We will finalize our list of participants by the July 4th Weekend.
This weekend, there is a table in the lobby for volunteers to sign-up to help with our annual Vacation Bible School, June 8-12. This outreach event draws hundreds of kids and families from our area and is an amazing chance to serve our community. It takes about 95 volunteers to make it happen. Please stop by and chat with Debbie and Maryjean, and see what may be a good fit for you!
THE WAY OF JESUS: GOSPEL OF MARK
Beginning the last weekend in May, Aspen Ridge Church presents a new series entitled “The Way of Jesus.” This will be a teaching series that looks at the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. It will be a series that describes how Jesus is both the pathway to God, and the one who shows us how to live life while on that pathway. Bring your Bibles and an expectant heart to this new series.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week’s menu offers baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and corn, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Please join us and bring a friend!
BABY BOTTLES HAVE ARRIVED
Yearly, during the month that separates Mother’s Day from Father’s Day, Mountain Area Pregnancy Center makes baby bottles available for your donations. Fill the bottles with the pocket change from wherever you drop your coins each day, (dresser, car console, etc) and return the filled bottles to church on Father’s Day, June 16. Look for bottles in the lobby! Your small change makes a big difference!