1 Corinthians 12:12-31 - One Body With Many Parts

1. Chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians has a comprehensive discussion of spiritual gifts, however, spiritual gifts are mentioned in at least six other places, so clearly God wants each of us to know and use our special, spiritual gifts. (Exodus 31:3, Romans 12:6, 1 Cor 1:7, 1 Cor 14:1-2, Eph 4:11-12, 1 Tim 1:6-7, Heb 2:4)

2. In verse 13, the word “baptized” does not refer to a traditional water baptism. What does the word mean here?

3. The first section (roughly Verses 14 to 20) and second section (Verses 21 to 26) are addressed to two different audiences. How would you describe each audience? (Knowing the two audiences will help you understand each section better.)

4. Have you ever felt like an unneeded or unimportant part of a group or team? What did you do about it? What would Paul have told you to do?

5. Conversely, if you are in a position of importance and feel needed, what should you do? (1 Peter 5:1-3, Hebrews 10:24-25)

6. How could you illustrate the truth of Verse 26 from your own body? From your own church?

7. In some Bible versions, in Verse 28, Paul orders the gifts:
    first are apostles,
    second are prophets,
    third are teachers,
    then those who do miracles,
    those who have the gift of healing,
    those who can help others,
    those who have the gift of leadership (or administration),
    those who speak in unknown languages.

Two questions: 1) do you think this list (or the one in Verses 8-10) is meant to be exhaustive or all-inclusive? 2) Is there any significance in the ordering, i.e., first, second, etc.? If so, what?

8. What lesson do you take away (for YOU personally) from this section of scripture?

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