July 6, 2014
Glorify God With Your Body
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Unifying Principle (Focus)
Personal, moral, and physical purity are beneficial to the community. How does the behavior of one person affect the whole community? Paul said that because Christians are all one within the body of Christ, what harms one will harm other members, and what benefits one will benefit all.
Goals for the Learners
To analyze the apostle Paul’s comparison of the body to a temple.
To recognize that as members of the community of Christ their bodies must be kept pure.
To promote wholesome living within the faith community.
Lesson Challenges for the Week
Take stock of habits that affect your physical and mental well-being. Do you eat and exercise appropriately? Do you avoid harmful practices, such as smoking? Do you take time to meditate or otherwise refresh your spiritual and mental batteries? Identify anything that may impact your health and determine what you can do to make changes.
Consider the words lawful or permissible and beneficial or advantageous to the community as used in 1 Corinthians 6:12. Think about situations in which you are willing to do what is “beneficial” rather than what is “permissible.” How will your actions help others?
Act as a role model for other people in terms of living a moral, wholesome lifestyle. Be especially vigilant around people who try to pressure you to do things that run counter to your Christian beliefs.