The Family Table
John 17; 1 Corinthians 12
1. Called to One Body : Of the dazzling and multidimensional mosaic of the entirety of Christian teaching, the
believer’s union with Christ is among its most stunning. It is how we can say, “I have been crucified with
Christ” (Gal. 2:20) and now I “walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). But if we are united TO Christ
INDIVIDUALLY , then also we are united IN Christ TOGETHER . How does Paul teach this truth in metaphor
(Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:13, 27) and Jesus ground this truth in the Trinity (John 17:11, 21, 22, 23)?
2. But We’re Not All the Same : However, the Bible makes very clear that unity does not mean uniformity . Look
up the definition of “variety” in the dictionary. Now see how this word, variety, is used in 1 Cor. 12:4-6 and 1
Pet. 4:10-11. We’re not all the same! How can this variety in the church make unity difficult (use specific
examples, if possible)? But, how also can this variety make the church strong (1 Cor. 12:7; Eph. 4:15-16)?
3. Therefore, It’s Going to be Hard : The following three verses use the word “peace”: Rom. 12:18; 14:19; Heb.
12:14. According to these verses, does peace come actively or passively into God’s community? Unity is
hard! Especially in our hyper-polarized age. Why else do you think Jesus included “peacemakers” in a list
composed of those who mourn, are hungry, and are persecuted (Matt. 5:9)?! What hard or difficult thing can
you do this week to step into the role of a peacemaker?