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Word One Bible Study: Epiphany 6 Epistle

Text: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Lectionary Series A

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Objective
Participants will explore their identity as spiritual people and examine their readiness for big things. They will understand that Jesus unites His people in the waters of Baptism, and by Gods grace we grow in our faith and life.

Materials Needed
Each participant will need:
a newspaper or magazine (FYI: the magazine or newspaper will be cut up!)
scissors
sheet of paper (8.5x11)
tape

Group Guidelines
Divide into small groups of 4 or 5. The leader will be the person whose birthday is closest to todays date. The leader passes out the materials and facilitates discussion to keep everyone moving along, while being sensitive to those who wish not to speak.

Building Community
Have each participant put their name in the middle of their paper and then look through their magazine and cut out photos of leaders or other important role models. Everyone should tape their leaders on their paper. Get as many as you can in five minutes. What makes someone a leader? Why did you pick the people you did? Why do we follow certain people and not others? Do we ever follow certain persons in the church? How has our culture influenced our church?

Looking at Gods Word
1.Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 and 1 Peter 2:9-10. Talk a little about how these texts are similar. What does it mean to be a holy people? How does one become holy?
2.Why does Saint Paul call the Corinthians "infants in Christ? What has happened that he cant call them "spiritual people?
3.What is the "milk Saint Paul refers to?
4.As Lutherans we teach that we are both sinner and saint. The flesh rages a war against the spirit. Even so, the Holy Spirit calls us by the Gospel and sends preachers to proclaim the faith. Who creates the growth we experience in our heart?
5.Saint Paul compares us to plants. Good plants bear good fruit. Even infants in Christ bear good fruit because we are Gods what?
6.God grants growth only as we are established on the Word of God. Every building has to have a good foundation what is our foundation as Christians? Who alone do we follow?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
We started by taping famous and influential people to our papers. God grants many great workers for His harvest field in the church. We could list many important people in our own faith walks: our pastor, a DCE, a teacher, our parents, our grandparents, etc. Unlike the world, all these workers have the Word of God as their connection and foundation. We are made a holy people and have been built up together by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Only by His death are we made alive, forgiven and whole again.

Closing
O Lord, graciously hear the prayers of your people that we who justly suffer the consequence of our sin may be mercifully delivered by your goodness to the glory of your name; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Published February 2014



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