1Corthintians 12:12-27 Key: The Body of Christ “I Have Need of You” 01 24 2010

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many members, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; 24 whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25 that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (NRSV)

Though we are many, Though we are different, we are members of one body… That’s the way it is with Christ
That’s the way it is in the Spirit

Some are the Hands and Feet of Jesus… taking the word into action Some are the Eyes who look with vision
Some are the Hears that hear the cries of the needy and oppressed Some are the Liver and Galbladder who help process the toxins Some are the vocal cords that sing praises
Some always seem to work in waste management..
How boring it would be around here, if conformity was our nature and mission! Christ preserves the uniqueness of the individual and calls us all in one direction..

How many men/women? left/right handed? Born in Fannin, in GA, in south? in US? in other
What if we all like the same things.. the same way.. at the same time.. My charge is not to make the church pleasing to anyone, but to guide all the parts.
NOT JUST THE SQUEAKY ONES.

TURN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR:
“We are in this church for Jesus Christ.”
“We are in this church for one another”
“I am here for you. You are here for me.”
“We are here for the parts that are missing, too.”
We need folks to say YES when they are asked to help..
not: That is above us.. That is beneath us..
not: That is boring. Done that – have the trophy
not: Am I in the spot light? Am I in the background?

The Church at Corinth was not always getting along. Some folks were working against other members and even Paul.
Paul reminds the church that God has arranged us a Body… with Christ as the head.

Don’t work to divide, Work to strengthen one another. See the best in one another, where there are faults, work together for Good in Christ.
Are the people in our family related to us, even if they don’t live on our road? Are the people of Haiti part of our body? even though they don’t live in our county?.
Are the people who look at the world differently from us any less value to God? Does God look at us with any less worth when we focus on our differences and devices?
WHAT WILL I DO TODAY TO BUILD UP THE BODY?
What will I do when I see/hear/experience someone dividing the body?

I am a vital part of the body, You are a vital part of Christ’s body. Do we devour one another, or do we take and share the common cup that saves us all?
WHAT WILLL I DO THIS WEEK TO STRENGTHEN THE FELLOWSHIP?
What will I do when I see/hear/experience someone

TURN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR:
“We are in this church for Jesus Christ.”
“We are in this church for one another in Christ.”
“I am here FOR you. You are here FOR me in Christ.”
“We are here for the parts that are missing, too.”
WHAT WILL I DO THIS WEEK TO SHOW THAT I REJOICE IN OUR DIFFERENT GIVES AND TALENTS?
How will I share the talents I have and gifts that are to be given to me to share?

We come to the table to find that we are all different pieces, broken & sinful…
FEAR, PRIDE, GREED, SHAME, GUILT, ENVY, ABUSE, NEGLECT,
ARROGANCE, IGNORANCE,….

no matter what tears us apart, Christ longs to hold us together. Let us come to the table as one.

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