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Recap

The Holy Spirit gathers and builds the body of Christ. All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins, who acknowledge Jesus, not only as Saviour, but also as Lord, are members of Jesus’ body, the church. This church (Greek ecclesia—called out ones) made up of people from all nations, functions in unity under Jesus Christ, her head.

Since we live in a world broken by the fall into sin, relationships, identity, and community are constantly being challenged. For this reason, God builds the church. God arranges all the parts of the body, just as he wants, for his glory. The parts work together, just like the parts of a human body. No part should think too lowly of itself; no part should think too highly of itself. All the parts are appointed by God, to serve each other in love.

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Readings

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Mark 12:28-31

HC  LD 21 Q&A’s 54 & 55

Romans 8:18-39

1 Cor 6:12-20

Eph. 1:3-14

1 Cor. 12:12-31

Ephesians 4:11-16

 

Questions to think about as you read:

  1. Jesus summarises the Law in this passage. In what ways can we demonstrate our love for God and others?
  2. Consider the teaching from the Heidelberg Catechism on this line of the creed. What stands out to you?
  3. Romans 8 contains some of the most reassuring statements in the Bible. Reflect on and consider how great God’s love is. How does this knowledge prepare you for the future, particularly vs. 18? Consider also, Hebrews 12:1-3 describes how Jesus was able to endure the cross. How does this help you endure difficulties?
  4. Why does God make a big deal of sexual immorality? What does the union of husband and wife teach us about our relationship with God?
  5. In what ways does this passage reinforce the assurance given in Romans 8? Do some exploration of the Reformed doctrine of predestination. Why is this important to know?
  6. Re-read Sunday’s passage, taking the time to allow the words to sink in. How do you view your membership in Christ’s body, the church? How do you view your membership at Maranatha? Are you in one extreme or the other (think too lowly of yourself or think too highly of yourself)? How can you change your attitude toward yourself and others?
  7. On Sunday, we build upon this idea of being members of the church, specifically looking at ways in which we can serve one another. How has God equipped you to serve Him and His people?