One Body, One Mind, One Spirit

Greetings!

Many of you have approached Steve and Robin requesting another church-wide Bible Study. The Community Helping Place has received a significant grant from the 2GA Initiative to help promote better health and well-being in our county. As a part of CHP, the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Ministerial Association feels the program is vital to our community, and we are seeking to help our congregations understand what it means to be a “holy infection,” for the good of our communities. The apostle Paul tells how God has placed us into the body of Christ, “that we might have the same care for one another” (1 Corinthians 12:25). By our support of the 2GA Initiative in our county, and helping our congregations be truly “carrying communities,” we can make a positive contribution to the overall well-being of the citizens of Lumpkin County.

As such, Steve and Robin have taken lessons written by Rev. Dr. Gerhard C. Michael, Pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, and developed a five-week sermon series and lectures entitled, “One Body, One Mind, One Spirit.”

January 13 Lesson One: Mark 1:9-2:17. We will see how the Lord Jesus models a life of care and service. By His call to the disciples, “Follow me,” He is asking them to embrace a similar life. The lesson begins with Jesus’ baptism, so on this Sunday we Celebrate our Baptisms with our special “Remember Your Baptism Service.”

January 20 Lesson Two: Matthew 22:34-40. In this lesson we come to realize our relationship with God should be manifested in our relationships with people. When Jesus is asked the question about the great commandment, He answers that we are to love God above all things but immediately says that a second commandment is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

January 27 Lesson Three: Romans 6:1-14 and 12:1-2. This lesson is designed to help us realize that the perfect sacrifice of Christ has meant a transformation of worship: from offering dead animals as in the Old Testament to offering our own bodies “as living sacrifices.” This leaves us with the question, “What kind of care should we exercise for our bodies, so that they are fit for providing care for the neighbor?”

February 3 Lesson Four: Galatians 5:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-31. Since the body is one, caring for one another is what will promote the body’s health. This lesson will seek to help us counter individualism which so easily isolates us from one another.

February 10 Lesson Five: James 5:13-20 and Hebrews 13:1-6. Here is where we seek to foster discussion so that we may care “more and more,” as well as explore ways in which we in the church can be contributing participants in the wider community to “infect” it with the love of Christ. Lesson five is meant to help us identify ways in which we are practicing being a caring community and giving thanks for this response, but it is also meant to help us identify areas where we can improve our caring.

Each Wednesday, starting January 16, we will come together for a meal starting at 5:45 PM in the fellowship hall and then at 6:30 PM Steve, Robin, and Stuart will continue the lesson followed by break-out groups and discussion. On one of these Wednesdays, TBA, we will have a panel of health professionals from our congregation who will talk about how God and spirituality are crucial in their lives and the lives of their patients.

As we seek to make New Year’s Resolutions, I invite you to be a part of “One Body, One Mind, One Spirit.” Let us help you make a New Year’s Resolution that you can keep because we are working together as God has intended, Christ ordained, and the Holy Spirit ignites and guides.

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