Date: March 29, 2020
The Point: We are set apart in Christ to live holy lives.
Get Into the Study
NOTE: Many groups are not currently meeting because of the coronavirus. We hope you will still host a Bible study discussion through online tools.
We are providing this video as an example of how you could lead your Bible study group. This will not be an ongoing feature of EXTRA.
Use the following story as an alternate way to begin today’s session.
On March 9, 2020, Prince Harry and Megan, Duchess of Sussex, attended their last official event as senior members of Britain’s royal family. There has been scandal, speculation, rumor, and media coverage of their exit from royal life in hopes of having a more quiet and relaxed life to raise their family. But is there a difference in being a “royal” and being “normal?”
Ask, “What expectations might be different for a ‘royal’ opposed to an everyday person living a private life?” “How people might respond differently to a member of the royal family?” As your group talks, it will boil down to being set apart for a different purpose. A “royal” has different expectations, opportunities, and responsibilities from day one that continue throughout life.
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-20, the apostle Paul addressed this idea of being set apart. Christians are set apart so that we might bring honor to God.
Dr. Beth Masters is currently working as a hospital chaplain where she engages with families, patients, and hospital staff during critical life moments. She has a Ph.D. in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where she teaches Collegiate Ministry. Beth loves young adults, baking, and coffee.
Live It Out
Use the following to introduce the Live It Out section.
According to a recent study released by the consumer organization, Which?, over a billion Android devices are at an increased risk of being hacked due to a lack of security updates. Google’s data shows 42% of Android users running 6.0 or lower versions of the Android operating system. Android’s security bulletin reported no security patches in 2019 for Android systems at 7.0 or lower. Which? used this information to conclude that 2 out of 5 Android devices were no longer receiving security updates, leaving them vulnerable to security breaches, such as data theft and malware attacks.
Although setting up a new phone is a one-time event, keeping it running properly is an ongoing process requiring regular updates to fix problems and ward off attacks.
Similarly, while justification is a one-time event, sanctification in an ongoing process requiring a daily commitment to following Christ as He transforms us.
Direct group members to the Live It Out statements (p 40). Read the statement under the Live It Out heading: We must make daily choices to be sanctified. Choose one of the following applications.
Nikki Wilbanks grew up in Tennessee before heading to California to study literature at Pepperdine University. After graduation, she enjoyed a decade-long career as a commercial real estate appraiser and investor. Having returned to Tennessee with her husband, she is now thrilled to be a stay-at-home mom, writer, and Bible study teacher.
Live It Out (Advanced Bible Study Teacher Guide Option)
As you conclude the study, play the song “Different” by Micah Tyler. Have sheets of paper and pens on hand and follow the instructions provided on page 26 of the Advanced Bible Study teacher Guide.
- When have you seen hard work really pay off?
- Growing up, what items in your household were reserved for special occasions?
- What attributes do you admire most in your heroes?
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
- What does this passage tell us about sanctification?
- What are some noticeable ways you’ve seen sanctification taking place in someone’s life?
- Which parts of your old life did you find most difficult to give over to God?
1 Corinthians 6:12-17
- Using this passage as your basis, why is sexuality directly connected to our spiritual condition?
- What’s the connection between our sexuality and our sanctification?
- What are the practical implications of being one with Christ?
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
- What are some ways our bodies are like a temple?
- What does it mean to glorify God?
- How should we understand the word “flee” in verse 18?
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Mark Shaw says
Last week we had a lesson video in the extra we could download and add to Bible Study material we emailed to our church through Ministry Grid. Will you have a video this week?
Lynn Pryor says
Yes. The Session 5 video is on EXTRA, and it can also be accessed via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bU4TmaM3cA
Great! Thank you!
Thank you for this resource that we can use each Sunday away from church. Appreciate your team praying for us leaders as we seek to obey God and His will. God bless your ministry!
Lynn Pryor says
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.