1 Corinthians 12:12-30
“The work of the Holy Spirit is to manifest (make clearly apparent to the sight or understanding) the active presence of God in the world, and especially in the Church.” –Wayne Groomed
To what does Paul compare the church (12, 14, 27)? How does he describe diversity and unity among believes (13)? Summarize his explanation of the critical function of spiritual gifts within the body of Christ (15-21). What does he say specifically to those who consider some spiritual gifts to be inferior (22-26)? What examples of the Spirit’s gifts does Paul list in this passage (28-30)? Why do you think Paul asks if all are prophets, all are apostles, etc.? How does this discourage both comparison and competition among believers? How does the image of a physical body shed light on the need for other brothers and sisters in Christ?
What are some ways that you treat certain gifts as more “spiritual” than others? Repent and pray God would meet you in the challenge to appreciate the diversity of spiritual gifts within the body. As you ponder that we all drink from the same Spirit yet are each equipped differently, think of all the ways this is a perfect expression of His wonder and glory. What is God revealing to your heart? When the Holy Spirit gifts and leads you to bless someone, what do you think the recipient senses in the spiritual realm? How do you benefit from the act?