We Are the Body of Christ (4 of 4) by Jonathan McLeod
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Series: We Are The Church
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another (Rom. 12:4-5).
When we read about a ‘‘church’’ in the Bible, ‘‘church’’ never refers to a building. The Greek word that’s translated ‘‘church’’ is ekklesia, which literally means ‘‘assembly,’’ or ‘‘gathering.’’ A church building is where a church meets. We are the church.
In this sermon series, we’re examining four NT metaphors for the church (family, temple, bride, body).
[Read Romans 12:1-8.]
CHURCH IS NOT OPTIONAL
We’re sometimes guilty of downplaying our Christian duties. It’s sometimes said, ‘‘You don’t need to go to church to be a Christian.’’ It’s true that we aren’t saved by going to church, but there’s a clear statement in Scripture that says Christians must meet together: ‘‘not neglecting to meet together’’ (Heb. 10:25). So church isn’t optional.
Watching a church service on TV or the internet is not an acceptable substitute for being a part of a church. The Christian life is meant to be lived alongside other Christians.
LIKE PARTS OF A BODY
The apostle Paul writes that the church is like a body, and the members of the church are like parts of a body. How are church members like parts of a body?
1. As all the parts of a body are joined together to make one body, we all are joined together to make ONE CHURCH.
Paul writes, ‘‘We, though many, are one body’’ (v. 5). We are joined together as one body because we are ‘‘in Christ’’ (v. 5). Faith in Christ unites us not only to Christ, but to one another. But when any group of people get together - even Christians - disagreements happen. [Talk about a recent example of sibling rivalry.] We naturally have self-centered hearts. Paul writes, ‘‘I say to everyone among you not to think of himself mo ...
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