One of the most important metaphors the New Testament uses to describe the church is that the church is a body. Read about this in Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 3:6, Ephesians 4:4-16, Ephesians 5:22-23, Hebrews 13:1-3.
What features of our physical bodies have a parallel in the spiritual body of Christ?
What applications do you see stressed in these verses:
1 Corinthians 12:15-16
1 Corinthians 12:17
1 Corinthians 12:18 (important! give this one some thought!) Is this true of our physical bodies, the spiritual body, or both?)
1 Corinthians 12:21
1 Corinthians 12:26
What lesson stands out to you the most when you think of the church as a body?
Review some of the metaphors we have studied: what role did Jesus play in each?
How do we apply the truth that Christ is the head of the Church?
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