How to Build a Better Biosphere

Romans 15:25-30

Responses and Reactions

·      What disturbed you, challenged you, or intrigued you in this week’s message?

Digging Deeper

·      Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 

Paul uses the image of the human body to describe the parts we all play in making the church come to life.  What is another metaphor that can be used (other than the biosphere) to describe the complexity of giving and receiving in the church?   

In many ways, this offering of things we hold in abundance and receiving of things we lack seems logical and beautiful.  Why do you think we don't see this ethic more strongly lived out?  What parts of life today (culture, economics, sociology, etc.) get in the way of fully being the "body of Christ?"

Bringing It Home

·      As individuals, rate the assets below on a scale personal abundance and need.

1 - Great Need     2 - Some Need     3 - Balanced     4 - Some Abundance     5 - Great Abundance

  1. Relational Energy
  2. Emotional Strength
  3. Friendship
  4. Hospitality
  5. Time
  6. (OTHER)

Compare your answers with each other.  How can you support each other in the areas of need out of the areas of abundance?