The Blessing of Church

  1. What are some examples of different types of gatherings (not church) where we instinctively know it is better to be in person than to be remote?
  2. What does the incarnation teach us about the importance of being face to face?
  3. What joys have you experienced from being face to face at church? Which of those joys could not be experienced any other way?
  4. When have you been reluctant to participate in person at church? What might you have missed during that season?
  5. How can we make church more accessible for those with social anxiety?
  6. How can the church include those who are unable to attend in person?

  1. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:1, “Now about spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” In what ways was the Corinthian church – to whom Paul was writing – uninformed about spiritual gifts? What was the result?
  2. Pastor Steve mentioned that spiritual gifts are frequently misunderstood or misappropriated, which can lead to disunity and division in the church. Why might that be the case? Have you ever seen that dynamic play out among fellow Christians?
  3. Practically speaking, what role should spiritual gifts have in the church? What role, if any, should they have in our daily lives?
  4. Are some spiritual gifts “better” than others? Why or why not?
  5. How can a person go about discovering their spiritual gift(s)? What should they keep in mind?
  6. When attempting to discover your spiritual gifts, Pastor Steve mentioned the importance of considering factors like Affinity, Ability, and Affirmation from others. How do those 3 factors converge in your own life and in how you seek to serve the body of Christ?
  7. Do you feel that it’s ever legitimate for a person who learns about a ministry need to say, “Since I’m not gifted in that area, I don’t have to worry about filling that need”? Why or why not? Are there examples of certain ministries that all Christians should be involved with, whether or not they are particularly gifted in those areas?
  8. Why do spiritual gifts need to be considered within the broader context of the message of Romans 12:1-2?

  1. What are some examples of healthy spiritual leadership you’ve experienced? Unhealthy?
  2. What are some factors that make you more receptive to the correction given by spiritual leaders? Less receptive?
  3. Why would Scripture always describe the leadership of a local church as a plurality of elders rather than one person holding all of the authority alone?
  4. What lessons can you take from the descriptions of elders in Scripture (read: 1 Peter 5:1-5 and Titus 1:5-9) and apply to other leadership settings: work, home, school, etc.?
  5. In what ways do you interact with the elders of our church? How would you like to interact with them? After discussing, please pass your thoughts along to our leadership.

  1. Is there anything that inspires you to want to burst out in song? Maybe a trip to the beach or the mountains? Maybe a fond memory? Or maybe you’re the type of person who has a constant soundtrack in your head and you just randomly burst into song all the time. What makes you sing?
  2. Can you recall a time when singing with a group of people was a powerful experience? In what ways was this experience magnified because it was in a group? Would it have been the same if you were alone?
  3. In what ways do you feel held back or restrained from singing more freely or boldly, both individually and corporately?
  4. Have you ever had a time when you didn’t feel like singing in a worship gathering? Were you able to overcome it? If so, how?
  5. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise...” In what ways is your worship “sacrificial?”
  6. Romans 12:1 says that our true worship is offering our bodies “as a living sacrifice...”