Devotions for October 26th to November 1st
This devotional is designed to be a help as you watch the sermon from Sunday. We will examine portions of the text to further explore the passage for the week and build upon the lesson that was taught on Sunday. May this be an added tool as we all grow in discipleship. Peace be with us in this time of study. Please feel free to share the devotional with others who may not have the ability to get this in email form or not be able to read it. I pray that this continues to keep us together in fellowship and love in this season.
Prayer every morning this week:
God of all, we pray that your Spirit moves around us to unite us in this season of division. May we recognize each other as siblings in Christ and treat each other with a heart of compassion and mercy. Open our eyes to see you move in our presence. Open our ears to hear your Word for us today. Let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to you, Lord, our Rock and Redeemer and Sustainer.
Scripture reading every day this week: 1 Corinthians 12
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. 12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24 whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25 that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
Questions for Monday, October 26th:
With wisdom and willing feet grows confidence to be sent out (an apostle), what other attributes might one have to be an apostle?
With faith and watchful eyes grows the understanding to see God move in our midst (a prophet), what other attributes might one have to be a prophet?
With knowledge and thoughtful mind grows the understanding of a teacher, what other attributes might one have to be a teacher?
With faith and a healing touch grows the understanding of the gift of healing and perform miracles, what are other attributes one might have to have the power of healing and miracles?
With a discernment of the Spirit and compassionate mouth grows the understanding of the gift of speaking in tongues, what are other attributes one might have to speak in tongues?
With discernment of the Spirit and a listening ear grows the understanding of the gift of interpretation, what are other attributes one might have to have the ability of interpretation?
As you reflect on these attributes, what has the Spirit gifted to you for the service of the common good?
Questions for Tuesday, October 27th:
Take a moment of all of the things that you are good at…what gifts do you have that you seem to have had for your entire life?
What gifts do you have that have been developed over time by education, training, and experience?
Has anyone ever saw gifts in you that you did not recognize in yourself? What are they?
Now that you have reflected on your gifts, how do you share your gifts with your family? With your occupation? With you neighbors? With WPC?
Reflect on your experiences of when you and others around you all share in different gifts and work together to accomplish a task? What was it like? How did it feel to have all of you work together as one body united around that task?
Have you seen WPC work together as one body to serve in ministry? Are we doing that currently?
Questions for Wednesday, October 28th:
Paul spends time to point out the inferior, the weak, the less honorable in respect to the body, what do you think Paul means by these descriptions? Do any committees or teams or positions come to mind when you think of these descriptions come from Paul?
How do you honor the less honorable? Lift up the inferior? Show the weak that they are indispensable?How does WPC honor the honorable? Lift the inferior? Show the weak that they are indispensable?
Have you ever been made to feel honored when you do not feel you are honorable? Have you been made to feel accepted and needed when you feel inferior? Have you been made to feel welcome and strong when you feel weak?
Questions for Thursday, October 29th:
As you reflect on sharing your life with others at WPC, describe times when you have witnessed when one is suffering, that all at WPC suffered.
Describe times when you have witnessed when one is honored, that everyone rejoiced with the one being honored.
What are other times that you have witnessed the whole church celebrating and caring for each other?
How have you experienced the body of Christ celebrate with you, or mourn with you, or have rejoiced with you?
What emotions come to you as you reflect on these moments in the life of WPC?
Questions for Friday, October 30th:
The overarching message in this text is that we are to have a heart for unity. Do you feel united with others at WPC? Do you feel united with others in our community? Do you feel united with our state and with our country and with our world?
How would you describe to others what it is like to be united with Christ?
Why is important to be united with Christ and with our siblings in Christ?
How do you help build unity with our siblings in Christ? How is the Spirit helping you as you build this unity?
What are your areas of growth in building unity with our siblings in Christ? How is the Spirit helping you in these growth areas?
What is one thing God can help with you as you grow in unity with others and with God?
Questions for Saturday, October 31st:
As you consider the body of Christ, how do you belong to the body?
As you consider our church, who comes to mind as you think of having the gift to be an apostle?
Who would have the gift of being a prophet?
Who has the gift to be a teacher?
Who would possess the gift of performing deeds of power?
Who has the gift of healing?
Who has the gift of providing assistance to others?
Who has the gifts to build a grow leadership?
Who has the gift of tongues?
Who has the gift of interpretation?
What gifts are we missing?
How are ways we can invite others to share their gifts with us?
How is our church better when we have all of these gifts being shared with each other?
Questions for Sunday, November 1st:
What does it mean when it says “a still more excellent way”?
When you make decisions and working with others, do you take the time to hear from all around you and insider everyone to search for a more excellent way?
What positives can be achieved by including everyone?
What are the negatives?
Do you think the leadership at WPC considers everyone while making decisions? Why?
How can you grow in appreciating and considering people who live around you?
Questions to end each day with:
What gives you hope today?
What is your prayer today?
Amen. Peace and grace rest with us all!