08.04.2019 | “12 WORDS | Wk 10: Ignorance”
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Read 1 Corinthians 11:27-29.
In this part of the letter to the Church in Corinth, Paul is challenging the church to change their practice of taking part in communion. Namely, for personal & cultural reasons, they have been excluding certain people (the poor, lower status, etc.) from taking part in the sacrament – one that is meant to remind us of our unity in Christ.
In verse 29, Paul instructs those taking part in communion to examine themselves & discern the body before taking part – or else they bring judgment on themselves.
What is the connection between participating in Christ’s sacrifice & discerning the health of our relational world?
Key to the text is the implication that those who are hurting others are ignorant to what they are doing or not discerning when it comes to their own actions – they are failing to see how they impact other people in their community.
What role does ignorance, or a lack of discernment, play in relational hurt?
Can you think of a time when ignorance (of yourself or someone else) led you to inflict hurt on someone in your life? What happened? What made you respond the way you did?
Paul instructs the church to heal these issues by seeking discernment & self-examination.
What role does self-examination & becoming more self-aware play in spirituality?
How do they make us healthier people relationally?
How would being more self-aware, or discerning, have changed the way you responded to the previous story you shared?
Close by thinking through some practices of self-examination. If anyone in the group has routines or habits that they use to self-reflect, ask them to share their process. Also, ask them to share how these practices have helped them grow in any specific areas.
Close by thinking through & discussing about the practice of daily self-examination proposed in this week’s sermon. As a reminder: take 5-10 minutes at the end of each day, go through this process:
- Get into a quiet space & breathe.
- Consciously acknowledge God’s presence – both now & throughout your day (He is here & He was there).
- Review the day looking for gratitudes (at least 3).
- Review the day for moments of high emotion (particularly frustration/anger), stress, fear, or crisis.
- Reflect on those situations – what was going on in your head in those moments? What story about those situations did you turn to?
- Choose one of those moments & pray over it – for healing, forgiving, & letting it go.
- End by looking forward to tomorrow – release the situation & ask God to help you do better next time.
Getting Out of the Hole
Continue reflecting on what you are working to change & grow in during this season (see: Going Deeper for Control for context). This week, take time to reflect on self-examination.
Reflect on this – in each moment, we experience:
Stimulus → INTERNAL STORY → Response.
Understanding that internal story (usually from our past) is crucial for growing in our ability to be self-aware, present in a moment, & discerning of our actions.
Journal this week about times when you feel like you react without thinking. What was the stimulus? What was your response? What story might be playing out in that gap?
Share this process with your group members this week.
The Naked Now by Richard Rohr
New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Coming Up This Week:*
Sunday, August 11: Join us for the next week of our series 12 Words as we explore the essentials of faith & spirituality. We will be discussing Separation & Prayer.
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