The Body – Celebrate the Differences!
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Diversity in membership, not uniformity, is essential for a healthy body.
- Unity at the center of diversity, v. 1-3.
- Diversity has roots in God Himself, v. 4-6.
- Every believer has a diverse outworking of the Spirit, v. 7-11.
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: The existence of differences among those who make up God’s family is clear enough. Those differences may serve to band God’s people together (under the Lordship of Christ), or drive them apart. Which of these are you most likely to see in our day and age?
- What makes a person spiritual? Paul’s answer in v. 3 is that it is an intelligible proclamation from the Holy Spirit that says “Jesus is Lord,” but many answer the question differently. How do you see the question being answered today?
- The word “varieties” is used many times in this passage. The Trinity illustrates variety within the unity of God. How can the Trinity help us understand our differences and celebrate our diversity?
- Paul generates a list of nine spiritual gifts in this passage. In consultation with other New Testament passages, one finds at least 20 spiritual gifts listed. Why did Paul not give an exhaustive list here? What does this list intend to represent?
- There is an emphasis in this passage on the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the church and world. Among the outcomes we are seeking, are included small group service projects. How can you use your gift to serve your small group and community?
Taking It Home: Our church has series packets available for all in the lobby this weekend. 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!
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.
The church consists of many members that come together to form one unified body. In our current sermon series, we will be discussing how the Scriptures define the expectations for the concept of membership in the local church. We will also be seeking to find out where our unique gifts and talents can be used in ministry to serve our community. Please stop by the table in the lobby and pick up your family packet to help save on postage. Families who are not able to pick up their packets in person will have them mailed to their home addresses.
SMALL GROUP LEADER TRAINING
There will be a Small Group Training meeting for group leaders this Sunday, April 19 following the worship service. Lunch will be served and childcare will be provided. All small group leaders and those who desire to lead a small group are invited to attend.
LOST AND FOUND
It is time to “spring clean” our lost and found closet, located downstairs next to the elevator. Please stop by and check for any of your belongings that may have found their way there. On May 1, we will be donating all items that are left.
A BRIDAL SHOWER FOR AMANDA ROJAS
We would like to honor Amanda Rojas and Ryan Kanagy‘s upcoming July wedding with a bridal shower on April 25 at 1:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a favorite recipe and spice and join us for this celebration!
In two weeks, we’ll be setting up the table in the lobby for volunteers to sign-up to help with our annual Vacation Bible School. This outreach event draws hundreds of kids and families from our area, and is an amazing chance to serve our community. Would you begin praying about where God may be calling you to serve? You can make a difference!
DV8 HOSTS DATE NIGHT
This event is a fundraiser for our DV8 students attending retreats and camps this year. If you are a parent who needs a night out, you can drop your kids off at church on Friday, April 24 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. The DV8 students, along with some parent volunteers, will be providing fun, snacks and a movie for the kids in attendance. There is a suggested donation of $10 per hour. All proceeds go to our students!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
This week’s menu offers spaghetti pie, bread, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Please join us for this great time of fellowship and fun.
For atheists and agnostics, questioners and quest-takers, skeptics and searchers: a discussion group where no Bible knowledge is required and no question is out of bounds…The Trailhead. If you may be a good fit for this group, please contact Kerry Cox at the email listed in the staff section. If there’s someone you know that may be interested, pass the information along.
PRECEPT TRAINING WORKSHOP
Aspen Ridge Church will be hosting a workshop on the Essentials of Inductive Bible Study on May 2, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This three hour workshop, taught by John Hubbach, addresses how to personally interact with God’s Word, understand its meaning and apply it to your life. You can register online through our website or pick up a form in the church office. Registrations must be received by Thursday, April 23.
Less than a month away…please bring your family and support our Ministry partner IdRaHaJe at their annual Campership fundraiser, the “Chuckwagon Cookout” on May 9. It involves a day in the mountains with friends and family. Come and enjoy going down the “Big Zip,” be part of the live auction, take a ride on the flying squirrel and enjoy a free BBQ lunch! All of the funds raised go entirely towards the Campership fund!