The Church Part 3 Life in the Body of Christ

The Church Part 3 Life in the Body of Christ

THE BODY OF CHRIST – A REALITY
The Body of Christ is a reality – it is a New Testament Principle. That is, it exists
whether anybody believes it or not. It is existent because God exists
THE BODY OF CHRIST – A REALIZATION
It is so very important that we realize our nature is to be a part of each other and
when I am down you are too and when I am up you are too.
What are the indicators that God might want us to understand that He is the one in
charge?

THE BODY OF CHRIST – A RESPONSIBILITY

I Corinthians 12:1-7 Now concerning spiritual [gifts,] brethren, I do not
want you to be unaware. You know that when you were pagans, [you were]
led astray to the dumb idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known
to you, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says “Jesus is accursed”
and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are
varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries,
and the same Lord. And there are varieties of effects, but the same God who
It is evident that God wants us to understand that
He is in charge, He is God, He appoints, He gives,
He composes – it is always He, never we!

Varieties of Gifts
Varieties of Ministries
Varieties of Effects (Workings, Personalities)
Why – for the common good

THE BODY OF CHRIST – A REPRIMAND
The church at Corinth got into trouble with these gifts, each one trying to have one
better than someone else. Paul reprimands the brethren for this misuse of God’s
provision.

Ist Corinthians 12, Romans 12 and Ephesians 4

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