Repurposed Day 5 Indispensable Ministers: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days...are a pretty big deal at GT!

We search God's Word together, ask questions as we read, dig around to find the original intentions at the time of writing, and then make some applications to our everyday lives.
Along the way, we hope you'll pick up some new tools to study Scripture and you'll see truth in a new and accessible way!
Dig In!

The Passage

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1 Corinthians 12:12-26 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

The Questions

1) According to verse 13, what is it that unifies us as Christians?

2) What does this passage tell us about the diversity of gifts?

3) According to this passage, how are we to relate to other Christians in terms of spiritual gifts?

The Findings for Intention

1) According to verse 13, what is it that unifies us as Christians?
Verse 13 tells us that we (Christians) were all baptized into one body, in one Spirit, and all made to drink of one Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit, which lives in the heart of each and every true believer, who unites us in purpose and helps a diverse body to work together as one.

2) What does this passage tell us about the diversity of gifts?
Using the metaphor of a body, Paul points out how ridiculous it would be to have all the members be exactly alike (v. 19). He also shows how, just as it takes a diverse set of parts to make up a body, it takes a diversity of gifts to make a body of believers function in the way God intended it. No one should feel inferior because they have a different gift than someone else. God designed the Body of Christ to be diverse in gifts!

3) According to this passage, how are we to relate to other Christians, in terms of spiritual gifts?
Verses 21-26 show us the humble unity with which we are to relate to one another. Every spiritual gift is necessary—even those that seem weaker, so no one should feel or act superior toward anyone else. Also, each member should care for the other members, because we are one body. Therefore when one member suffers, it hurts every other member. When we let go of the feelings of inferiority or superiority that could divide us, we can all rejoice together when one member is honored.

The Everyday Application

1) According to verse 13, what is it that unifies us as Christians?
What a mystery it is that, although Christians come from every race, nation, socioeconomic class, personality type, and political party; with different gifts, talents, preferences, and backgrounds, if we truly have salvation in Christ, then we have the very same Spirit living in each one of us! This means that the more we let the Spirit conform us to Christ’s image, the easier it will be to work together in unity towards the common goal of glorifying Christ.

2) What does this passage tell us about the diversity of gifts?
Every spiritual gift exists because of God’s design. There is no reason to feel inferior about the gift God has given you. If you have a behind-the-scenes gift, thank God for giving it to you and ask Him to show you how you can use it to His glory. And if you have a more up-front gift, think of someone whom you could encourage by thanking them for a specific way they have blessed you with their behind-the-scenes gift.

3) According to this passage, how are we to relate to other Christians, in terms of spiritual gifts?
Unity in the body depends on the humility of believers. We must see that, by God’s design, we each have a role to play in caring for His body and carrying out His mission—and each person’s role is important. Lord, help me to see myself as you do—as someone with an important role to play in Your kingdom, but also as someone who needs the people you have placed around me. Help me to joyfully use my gift to serve You and Your church.

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I Can Do That!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

The Community!

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Repurposed Week One!
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The Tools!

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources.  Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom! It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Why!

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus.
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