As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17
Leader Tip: 8 Habits of Effective Small Group Leaders
Habit number 7 is, Plan Group Fellowship Activities. I love the Proverbs verse above because it talks about how our relationships are what sharpen us. A lot of students live life in isolation and share only what they feel is necessary, required, or safe. So many of them live guarded lives (and so do we), that they don’t experience the full value of small group connection. One way to help break down walls in this area is to plan group fellowship activities. Connecting to students and students connecting to each other in an environment that is designed solely for hanging out and having fun helps students to know each other better and it develops trust. We understand that many of you have very tight schedules and not a lot of time to connect outside of group, but even doing something 2 times a year is great investment!
March 22-30 – Kevin in Kenya
March 24 – wh girls Waffle Bar & Paint Night (7-9pm in the wherehouse)
Special Stars Respite Night (6-9pm in The Outlet)
March 26 – wherehouse on the patio, baptism Sunday, & Make Up Your Own Holiday day
April 1 – April Fools Day
April 2 – wherehouse on the patio
April 6 – Carson Guzman’s birthday!
April 7 – NP Women & wh girls Bible Journaling 101 (7pm in The Venue)
April 9 – wherehouse on the patio & Rachel Knott’s birthday!
April 10-15 – wherehouse Spring Serve (Mon-Wed 8am-12pm)
April 10 – Emily Williams’ birthday & National Sibling Day!
I think we’ve worked out the issues in attendance and adding new students. So that we don’t miss anyone and so that we get the necessary info, we are asking that you have all new students in your group fill out a connection card. Continue to take attendance through the email you receive weekly and before the end of the night. Thank you!
Please make it a priority to be at the wherehouse by 6:30pm to go over the details of the evening and to pray together. Send a message through GroupMe or text Kevin at 217-4784 if you’ll be late or won’t be there.
You Are Here… But Not For Long
(AJ will be teaching this week as Kevin will still be in Kenya)
1 Corinthians 15:35-49
35 But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?” 36 What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. 37 And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. 38 Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed. 39 Similarly there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
40 There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies. 41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory.
42 It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. 43 Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. 44 They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.
45 The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.”[a] But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit. 46 What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 48 Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man.49 Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like[b] the heavenly man.
The Resurrection Body / 15:35-58
Our present bodies have been wonderfully designed for life in this world, but they are perishable and prone to decay. In a sense, each person lives as a prototype of his or her final body version. Our resurrection bodies will be transformed versions of our present bodies. Our spiritual bodies will not be weak, will never get sick, and will never die. The very possibilities inspire anticipation, excitement, and praise to the God who can do all things!
15:35-37 Paul had already argued for the truth of the resurrection. Those who might still be skeptical may have further questions about this resurrection, so Paul asked two such questions himself in order to answer them: (1) How will the dead be raised? (2) What kind of bodies will they have? To Paul, these were foolish questions. The answers should have been obvious from nature itself. Paul compared the resurrection of believers’ bodies with the growth in a garden. A seed placed into the ground doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. The plant that grows looks very different from the seed because God gives it a new “body.” New bodies will not be obtained until the earthly bodies have died. And those new bodies will be different from the present bodies.
15:38-39 There are different kinds of bodies—for people, animals, fish, birds. Paul was preparing the foundation for his point that bodies before the resurrection can be different from bodies after the resurrection.
15:40-41 Furthermore, the heavenly bodies (the sun, moon, and stars) differ greatly from earthly bodies. Each kind of body has its own kind of substance created and controlled by God. Each is appropriate to its sphere of existence, and each has its own kind of glory or radiance. God made many different types of bodies; certainly he can arrange and govern the existence of the resurrection body.
15:42-44 Like a seed that is sown and then grows into a glorious new plant, it is the same way for the resurrection of the dead. Believers’ present physical bodies will be different from their resurrection bodies. First, earthly bodies die and decay, but resurrected bodies will never die. Death eventually takes everyone. Those raised with Christ, however, will have bodies that will live forever. Physical bodies disappoint us, but resurrection bodies will be full of glory. Physical bodies are weak but resurrection bodies will be full of power. Physical bodies are natural and human, but resurrected bodies will be spiritual.
The “natural” body is suited to life in the present world; however, such a body is not fit for the world to come. That future world, where Christ will reign in his Kingdom, will require a “spiritual” body. Paul did not mean that this will be “spiritual” as opposed to physical or material, for that would contradict all that Paul has just written about resurrected bodies. Believers will not become “spirits.” Instead, “spiritual” refers to a body that suits a new, spiritual life.
15:45 Paul quoted the Scriptures to point out the difference between these two kinds of bodies. Genesis 2:7 speaks of the first man, Adam, becoming a living person. Adam was made from the dust of the ground and given the breath of life from God. Every human being since that time shares the same characteristics. However, the last Adam, Christ, is a life-giving Spirit. Just as Adam was the first of the human race, so Christ is the first of those who will be raised from the dead to eternal life.
15:46-47 People have natural life first; that is, they are born into this earth and live here. Only from there do they then obtain spiritual life. Paul may have been contradicting a particular false teaching by this statement. He illustrated this point by continuing that Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Christ came as a human baby with a body like all other humans, but he did not originate from the dust of the earth as had Adam. He “came from heaven.”
15:48-49 Because all humanity is bound up with Adam, so every human being has an earthly body just like Adam’s. Earthly bodies are fitted for life on this earth, yet they have the characteristics of being limited by death, disease, and weakness (15:42-44). Believers can know with certainty, however, that their heavenly bodies will be just like Christ’s—imperishable, eternal, glorious, and filled with power (15:42-44). At this time, all are like Adam; one day, all believers will be like Christ (Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2).
Think of your life as a giant map in a mall. You stare at a big, red dot that says you are here. But that red dot is not the destination. Where we are now is not where we are going. We are to remember that thanks to Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, we will be transformed into something unfathomably better.
Main Point: The “red dot” of our circumstances is not the end, but the beginning of us finding our destiny with Christ.
- Our red dot is destruction; our destiny is to be raised in bodies that never decay.
- 1 Corinthians 15:42
2. Our red dot is pain and brokenness; our destiny is to be given “the unfading crown of glory”.
- 1 Corinthians 15:43, 1 Peter 5:4
3. Our red dot is weakness and death; our destiny is limitless, powerful, eternal bodies.
- 1 Corinthians 15:43-44, Philippians 3:10-11
Verse of the week:
1 Corinthians 15:43
Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.
What stands out to you?
Why does it stand out to you?
How can you apply that to your life?
Close in prayer