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1 Cor 12_4-12 If We are the Body

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Secular:

  •    16-18/19 – YP Pres
    • Thought about ministry
  •  19-25 – intermittent attender
  • 26 /27 Realized… God unveiled my heart
    • What could I do?... Me… really…
  •  Pioneer boys asked for help…
    • Flannel graphs…
    • Stories I barely knew or remembered
    • But it wasn’t about what I knew…
      • It was about being there…. The little guy
  •  SS cop
  • S.S. teacher
  • SS Super
  • Student
  • Intern
  • Contract
  • Pastor

Biblical:

1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. 12 For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.

Personal:

  •  First day of High School
    • They called them butterflies…. Felt like a flock of pigeons… banging around in there
  •  What do I do…
  • Where do I go…
  • Not just one classroom…. One teacher….
  • Cafeteria for lunch…. Classes…. Blocks… counsellors…
  • Weird feeling… daunting….
  • Didn’t even want to ask where the washroom was…

Bridge:

  • Some of you today….
    • Excited to be here….
    • Nervous… maybe
    • Wondering what else….
    • What can I do…
    • Little unfamiliar…
    • I want to… but….
  •  A Teacher seeing potential…. In their class
  • Pastor seeing potential….. and knowing the promise….
  •  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good

Body:

1) Variety…

Gifts… Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.

  •   The gifts come in a variety
  • Romans 12;6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
  • Christmas morning….
    • All dolls… revolt amongst the boys
    • All Star Wars Lego…  Luke ecstatic
  •  Spirit gives great gifts…
    • Special to us…
    • Special to our body…
    • Special to a community…
    • A Variety…
  • Our brothers and sisters in Christ need us… we need them…
  • Our community needs us…
  • The body of Christ needs us…
  • Car… made up of steering wheels….
  • One ingredient recipe….

Ministries… And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.

  • Same way… not all of us are called to the same ministry…. Or even have the same ministry available to us…
  • In you have the gift of teaching…
    • Youth
    • Small group
    • Outreach program
  • Leadership
    • Lead a ministry
    • Lead a new venture
    • Lead a drive or project
    • Leadership Team
    • Lead a small group
  • Administration…
    • In the office
    • In a program
    • For a project
    • As an outreach…
  • Used to work with Drivers….
    • Would start with where they wouldn’t go…
    • Instead of send me…
  • Send me attitude…

Effects… There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.

  • Success isn’t based on closing the deal…
  • “Analyze That”
    • Cleaned up version
    • Tried to be a car salesman
    • Tried to close the deal…
      • Wrong gift… wrong expression
  • The outcome is God’s…
  • The gift is ours… presenting Jesus… loving as He Loves
    • Turn away…
    • Plant seeds…
    • Water…
    • Harvest…
  • The gifts is ours
  • The desire to use it is ours
  • The outcome is God’s the same God who works all things in all persons.

2) Unity… common purpose

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

  •   The Spirit is given…. Not to juice up our Christian life…
  • The Spirit is given for the “common good”
    • Bring together… draw together
  • Beneficial… edifying to the body…
  •  Empowered
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  •  Play with a sick player….
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3) Diverse… and unity

But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

  •   Many people…. Many gifts… Many ministries… many effects… but a common purpose…
  • Because…
    • Same God
    • Same Power
    • Same Gospel
    • Same Spirit
  •  Diversity in Unity…
    • Army…
      • Infantry
      • Transport
      • Communications
      • Artillery
      • Medical
    • One cause…. One purpose… one mission… many skills…
  • Our gifts are given in diversity…
    • According to God
    • Not according to us….
    • His desire for the body
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4) One Body… His Body

For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.

  • Ever had your arm fall asleep…
  • Bad especially when you have a task to do…
  •   Bumble bees… drive you crazy…
    • Some of you feel the bumblebees today…
  • Trying to get things done…
    • 3 – Quick decision… concision
    • 5 – more broad… still fairly quick
    • 7 – committee…. Consultive… sharing… broader… more gifts… protracted in decision making…
    • The body of Christ is a diverse body with many uniquely gifte individuals… being of one prupose… serving one God… is what keeps us effect

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it.

  • We are the body of Christ… carrying his mandate…
  • The Mission of Christ… is our mission…
  • To seek and to save
    • Christ came for a purpose…
    • His body shares that purpose
    • 2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
    • Seek and to Save
  • Love one another
    • Love the unlovable
    • Love the lost
    • Love the children
    • Love widows
    • Love your church family
    • Love as Christ loves…
  • Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
  •   If you Love them…
    • Make disciples…
      • Teach them
      • Lead them
      • Serve them
      • Administrate them
      • Show the Mercy
      • Shepherd them
    • Baptize them… encourage obedience….
      • Teach them
      • Lead them
      • Serve them
      • Administrate them
      • Show the Mercy
      • Shepherd them
    • Teach them…
      • Teach them
      • Lead them
      • Serve them
      • Administrate them
      • Show the Mercy
      • Shepherd them
  • And now… the Christ is with us to the very end of the age….
  •  There is one body…. His body… there is one purpose….  His purpose
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  • If we are the body…
  • Why aren't His arms reaching
    • Why doesn’t the world feel his love…
    • Why do they wonder about God… his goodness… his love…
  • Why aren't His hands healing
    • Why are so many people broken….
    • Why are so many lives empty and hurting…
    • Why are s many relationships exploding….
  • Why aren't his words teaching
    • Why don’t people know…
    • Why isn’t the gospel changing more lives…
  • And if we are the body
  • Why aren't His feet going
    • What are we waiting for…
    • Opportunities to come to us…
      • Jesus didn’t wait…
      • His body shouldn’t wait…
  • Why is His love not showing them there is a way
    • Why does the world not know his love?
  • 1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are Christ's body….

Conclusion:

Now is a great opportunity…

No duct tape or rope….

Just an opportunity to be what God designed you for…

Stones…

Booths…

Ministry people…

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