Last Sunday’s sermon continued to challenge us about the nature and adventure of church. We’re going through a four-part series called “Uncomfortable – The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community” and we’ve been saying that our culture is a culture of comfort: we’re encouraged to do what we want, when we want, with whomever we want. If something is uncomfortable, we want to avoid it at all costs. However, we have been thinking about how the Christian faith is actually pretty uncomfortable. This series of studies aims to help us embrace, understand, and see the beauty and hope in the challenging realities of being part of God’s people.
This week, Geoff was leading us through 1 Corinthians 12. The main idea was that the church is made up of people we may not always get along with or agree with—but that’s something God can use for our good. We saw how despite our differences, the Holy Spirit unites us and works in our hearts for our good and his glory.
As you reflect on this week’s message here are some further questions to help you apply this to your own life:
- Awkward, uncomfortable, or downright obnoxious people are part of the everyday – and that includes people in church. Often they are stereo typed as “the huggers”, “the know-it-alls”, “the church ladies”, “the flaky plan-cancellers” … and I’d add “the conspiracy theorists”. How does digging into the local church require us to form relationships with people we wouldn’t normally form relationships with?
- Why should we seek out relationships with people who are different from us?
- How is being a part of the local church sometimes difficult?
- What unites the body of Christ?