United for the One Who Matters
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Today, I want us to think about the idea of being united for one purpose, one vision for the only one that matters. I want us to turn to 1 Corinthians 12.12-14.
As we read these verses I want us to think about how we became united into one body, what it means to be united and why we have been united.
1 Corinthians 12.12-14 - 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. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body is not one member, but many.
WE ARE UNITED THROUGH THE WORK OF GOD'S SPIRIT
To say God's Spirit brought us together and united us means that at one point we were not united - we were not together but separated. There was a time when we were not one interconnected and interdependent whole but scattered and disconnected individuals.
When you think about it there are numerous things that separate us and isolate us from one another.
1. In verse 13 he highlights some of the social, ethnic, cultural and economic barriers that served as dividing walls between people of that day.
2. Talked about Jews and Greeks - different cultures, ethnicity, mindsets, beliefs, traditions...
3. Talked about slave and free - different classes of people, those with money, power and rights and those with none. You had the upper crust of society and those who didn't even know there was a crust.
4. You have all the emotions that go with these differences.
There are always things that divide us. There always have been and there always will be things that separate us. That is true in our community - likes, dislikes, beliefs, education, economics and race. All of these things are differences that exist between us. What is it that takes these differences and turns them ...
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