May 3, 2020
During the current COVID-19 world event, we are spending more time than ever on Zoom, Facetime, Facebook Live, and the like. And while this technology can be helpful, it serves as a reminder of how important physicality and embodiment truly are. In Genesis 2, we see that God makes the man from “the dust of the earth,” which means that having a body is part of what makes us truly human. God cares about the spiritual and the physical.
As a group, everybody share a favorite Bible verse that has something to do with the body (e.g. Romans 12). As you read these verses, what stands out to you?
Why is it so hard to live in the tension between the physical and the spiritual? Why do you think that we are so prone to separate the two, or emphasize one and not the other?
What are the implications of the incarnation of Jesus? How is the embodiment of God our only hope? What does it mean that right now, Jesus exists in heaven in his resurrection body?
Read through 1 Corinthians 15:35-58. How does the idea of our “spiritual bodies” help us to always be “abounding in the work of the Lord”? How does the idea of embodiment fuel mission.
Pray that you would always take your body seriously as a part of your spiritual life.
Pray for passion to share the gospel with people in your life who don’t yet know Jesus and the hope of eternal, embodied, perfected life.
A Body of Work article by Christian psychiatrist, Curt Thompson
Another Pandemic Woe: Zoom Fatigue article from Axios
“You Don’t Have a Soul”: C.S. Lewis Never Said It article from Mere Orthodoxy
What is the “Spiritual Body” Paul Talks About in 1 Cor. 15? Podcast episode from Dr. Michael Heiser on The Naked Bible Podcast