Band Bible Study day 4



The body of Christ

READ: Romans 12: 9-21
Being His body in the World

In the past few days we have looked at what it means to be ‘in Christ’, how we can maintain unity in the body, celebrate diversity, use our spiritual gifts to glorify God and build up the body of Christ.
Today we look at how the body of Christ can impact the world.
Commissioner Harry Read wrote:
‘Christ calls each one of us to follow, to be his body in the world.’

As disciples we are called to be his body in the world to make a difference, to live out our Christian values every day, to connect our ‘in Christ’ experience wherever we go and with whoever we meet – quite a tall order.
In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul reminds the Romans to genuinely live a life of love. To the church at Corinth he called this the most excellent way ( 1 Corinthians 13) which if applied would have far reaching consequences beyond the confines of the body of Christ. The simple message ‘All you need is love’ is a strap line that speaks to every age, every situation and has the potential to transform the world!
This influence of love should affect our behaviour and the way we interact with each other. Phrases like love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honouring each other are difficult things to apply. They require that we affirm one another, encourage one another and so build up the body of Christ.
Paul encourages us to enjoy the company of ordinary people, to be eager to practice hospitality connecting with our friends and neighbours and in so doing show the love of Christ in action.
As we think through what it means to be his body in the world let us pray for opportunities to connect our ‘in Christ’ experience with those with whom we spend the majority of our time whether they be in or outside of the church community. By so doing, we will build and strengthen the body of Christ.

Love is the most excellent way to be anything and to do anything
for building up the body of Christ

What part of today’s reading challenged you?
(It can be a verse, a phrase or just a word)

What is God saying to you through this passage?
How will you live differently because of what God is saying to you?
What will you do to affirm someone and build them up?
Who are you trying to influence for the Kingdom?
How are you going to build up the body of Christ?

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