Paul does not write his letters in a vacuum. Instead, he writes in a community of apostles to various communities of believers. As such, each writer of the New Testament instructed and encouraged the church in their mission and purpose, and supported Paul’s writings.
1. The apostles chose a specific word to describe the church, ekklesia (Gr., called out community). How does this differ from they way we typically think of church? How does this remind us of what the church truly is?
2. Read Rm 12:1-2. Why does God prefer our bodies as living sacrifices to temple sacrifices? How do we present ourselves to God as living sacrifices?
3. Read Gal 6:2. What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens?
4. Read Col 1:28. As the church we are called to articulate the reality and danger of sin to one another and to our culture. How do we do so winsomely, yet without compromise?
5. Discuss the following quote. “Christian confidence comes not from what we have, but who has us.”
How can community assist us with finding contentment and confidence in the Provider rather than in the provision?
Spend some time in prayer with one another for things drawn out of the discussion.