Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Friend Request
Week 4: FOMO
1. Icebreaker question: Tremendous pressure and heat can produce precious jewels in the rockiest of places. Describe a time when you’ve discovered blessings or gifts in a difficult situation or circumstance.
2. Try to recite our series verse from memory: Acts 2:46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.
3. In the Friend Request series, where we are exploring the importance of biblical community. Here’s a recap:
- Acts 2:46–The early church was large enough to gather, but small enough to care.
- John 1:14–Looking at Jesus reminds us that knowledge is not enough. Heart connection is important, too.
- Galatians 6:2–10–We are to emulate Jesus by carrying one another’s burdens.
4. In this final week of the series, we’re taking a closer look at 1 Corinthians 12:12-27:
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
5. What questions or comments as you read this passage?
6. Pastor Dale talked about “solitary Christianity” not being possible. What do you think he meant by this?
7. 1 Corinthians 12:24 says, “God has put the body together.” How can this truth help those who may be reluctant to be part of a church community or small group?
8. No church is perfect, but being part of the body of Christ is life-changing. We want to avoid FOMO when it comes to biblical community. Here’s why:
Don’t miss out on the HIGHEST unity
9. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, the repetition of the words “one” and “many” convey the idea of diversity, yet unity, in Christ. How can this perspective inform our interactions with or perspectives on Jesus followers who may be different from us in some way?
10. In what ways can the church be an example of unity in diversity to our community?
11. How has God specifically gifted you to be a “body builder” for his church?
Don’t miss out on the WIDEST Belonging
12. Describe a time that you felt out of place or like you did not belong. How did you handle this situation?
13. C.S. Lewis said: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'” Describe a time that a deep friendship has evolved in your life that was born out of a place of feeling lonely and isolated. How did this benefit you and the other person?
14. It’s not always a bad thing to want to be around those with similar likes or values. But, in what ways can being around people who believe, act, vote, behave, or love exactly like you do be detrimental?
Don’t Miss out on the DEEPEST love
15. In 1 Corinthians 12:21-27, Paul talks about parts of the body we cover with “special modesty.” What do you think he meant by this?
16. What are some ways that you or your group can love and serve the least rich, least healthy, least powerful, or the least influential?