I Am Enough

Rebecka Walter

February 27, 2019

(This particular lesson takes place beside/in an indoor pool)

Have participants begin the discussion by floating on a noodle or an inner tube. Participants do not have to be in the water to be a part of this discussion. They can sit on the side of the pool, or they can utilize tables and chairs. Be creative.

Everyone will be in a different place spiritually; therefore, as participants share, encourage them to offer each other mercy and grace; especially during vulnerable moments or times of weakness. Our goal is never to fix anyone, but instead to listen and offer support when needed. Personal discussion, unless otherwise noted, should always remain confidential.

Scripture: The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen (1 Corinthians 12:12-23 NLT).

Lesson: I matter. Have participants say, “I matter.”

…Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit…

*We are one in Christ. God knows no gender, age, or race.

…If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.  And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 

*We are each important and play a vital role in the body of Christ.

*We each have something valuable to offer.

…In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen…

*A platform doesn’t determine importance.

*Just as vital organs, like our heart, liver, and brain, are hidden, sometimes those who make the biggest impact are hidden too. Example: A prayer warrior or a deep intercessor.

Application: Read the book, A Moment to Breathe. Devotional title: Your Life Is Never Too Small to Qualify for Big Ministry, by Lisa-Jo Baker (day 201, page 203).

Take Away: I make an impact.

Goal: Identify 3 personal strengths this week and purposely make an impact by using them. Example: If you have the spiritual gift of giving, bless someone with a handmade craft. If you enjoy sewing, sew a special blanket for a friend. If you are a prayer warrior, discover a prayer request of someone close to you and pray with them. If you are unsure of any personal strengths, gifts, or talents ask someone close to you what they see, or ask God to reveal it to you.

Exercise: Listen to the song, God Made Me Special. This can be found on YouTube. Type in: God Made Me Special, by Josh Doebler. Again, this takes place beside/in an indoor pool; therefore, if a pool is not present, be creative.

*Have participants begin by jogging in the water. When you hear the lyrics, “because of His great love,” have those who are present, hug themselves. This is a very good stretch. When you hear, “He made my arms and legs so I could swim and run,” have participants swim a lap then run a lap. When you hear, “He made me with a mouth so I could laugh and sing,” have everyone smile big. When you hear, “what’s that? Chicken?” Do the chicken dance. The goal is to continuously move in the water as the song plays, so be creative and have fun!