The capacity for emotional transformation is even more pronounced in a group setting. Group dynamics are powerful, as group members respond at once to several people. Every person brings a unique history of struggles and strengths to the group. Inevitably, we all respond to one another’s dynamics and become a living system that transcends the sum of its parts. As the apostle Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 12, the body of Christ is made up of many parts. An eye or ear cannot function independently, and neither can we. When the whole body—the whole system—moves interdependently and cohesively, it can offer each part something more.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many.
—1 Corinthians 12:12 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
You have given me life.
You have filled me with your Spirit.
I am your child, not a slave to fear.
I am your child; light my path and guide my steps.
I am your child; hold me.
Hold me tight.
(Adapted from Romans 8.)
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