Tonight Pastor Andy spoke on the church body, speaking specifically from 1 Corinthians 12, 14-27:
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As you know, the human body is not made up of only one part, but of many parts. Suppose a foot says, “I’m not a hand, so I’m not part of the body!” Would that mean it’s no longer part of the body? Or suppose an ear says, “I’m not an eye, so I’m not a part of the body!” Would that mean it’s no longer part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell? So God put each and every part of the body together as he wanted it. How could it be a body if it only had one part? So there are many parts but one body. An eye can’t say to a hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” The opposite is true. The parts of the body that we think are weaker are the ones we really need. The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we give special honor. So our unpresentable parts are made more presentable. However, our presentable parts don’t need this kind of treatment. God has put the body together and given special honor to the part that doesn’t have it. God’s purpose was that the body should not be divided but rather that all of its parts should feel the same concern for each other. If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts share its suffering. If one part is praised, all the others share in its happiness. You are Christ’s body and each of you is an individual part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:14-27 GWT)
I thought quite a bit of the innumerable cells of the body when imagining the seemingly infinite roles that make up the body of Christ. You might be a tiny cell, but isn’t it the tiny cells in great numbers that become the very rigor of the functional body..
-What Paul is saying is that although we each are individual parts, we are but one body when we identify together in Christ acknowledging our roles inspired by the unique gifts and personalities the Lord has bestowed upon us individually. The church is indeed not a building, but a body of believers whose respective parts are needed to operate to full potential!
-What allows us to become one? The Holy Spirit of God.
-What is your function and your usefulness as a part of the whole? Discover your strengths and functions, no matter how insignificant or small you feel they are! Find a place to operate amidst the church, and to be useful.
–Those parts that might seem weaker are in fact indispensable! Be encouraged!
Paul levels everything out and illustrates a playing field wherein each person is valued. If one part suffers, every part suffers. If one part honors, then we all rejoice. Disconnected body parts die, or lose their functionality… So function in your role.
-We are the body of Christ. As a body, our occupation is to make Christ visible!
Our we a Splendid bearer of Jesus?
***Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head. He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:15-16***
Connecting is a spiritual principle. The body contains unfathomable mysteries of intricacies and therefore it is necessary to get caught up in the wonderment of the body in order to understand your role in the body of the church. Collectively as the body of Christ, you are a wonder! Do not underestimate your role or the place you have found yourself serving within the body — each part — even the smallest part is integral.
Thank you, Andy, for these encouraging words!
And, Praise God! —I am able to not only share sermon notes again, but I actually attend our church now that I don’t work Sundays anymore!!! Hallelujah..seriously.. It has been such a tremendous blessing to spend time in worship and fellowship with others as a body. Getting to church again weekly has truly been nourishment to my soul, and the challenge my spirit has thirsted for.