Should Race Cease to Exist in the Body of Christ?

Episode 396 Show Notes 

From the Show

One of the big challenges I think in the church since the very beginning and even today is how to exist in love around the gospel as a diverse community that's created by the gospel.

—Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. What is implied by calling the church the body of Christ given that Christ’s physical body has ascended into heaven?

2. Thank you so much for his show. I have a question about Paul’s comments in 1 Corinthians 11:29. When Paul tells his readers they need to discern the body when they take the Lord’s supper, I’ve heard some say this means before I can take communion, I first have to be able to understand the nature of Christ's presence in the bread and wine. But it doesn’t seem like Paul is talking about that much in this chapter. His primary concern seems to be how we discern the community of the Church as his unified body. He’s upset about divisiveness in the church fueled by selfishness, and because the Corinthians are failing to do this as they sit at the Lord’s Table, they are eating and drinking judgement on themselves. What do you think it means to discern the body? 

3. Where are Heaven and hell in your understanding? Because of science we know that hell isn’t under our feet and heaven above our heads, so I’m not sure how to understand Heaven and hell in the Bible.

4. In 1 Peter 2:9, "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession…” does this mean our own race and nationalities are now erased in a sense?

Resources

A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship by Michael Horton

Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story by Dennis Johnson

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