What A Body by Larry Wynn

(outline) WHAT A BODY!
I CORINTHIANS 12:12-18
MARCH 2, 1997 A.M.
DISCIPLE NOW WEEKEND

INTRODUCTION

A. OPENING ILLUSTRATION: MECKLENBURG
COMMUNITY CHURCH ILLUSTRATION:

B. THE PROBLEM IS NOT THAT THE CHURCH IS
NO LONGER RELEVANT. TO THE CONTRARY
THE MESSAGE OF THE CHURCH IS VERY
RELEVANT TO THE NEEDS PEOPLE ARE
FACING IN THEIR LIVES TODAY.

C. THE PROBLEM IS THAT IN MANY CASES THE
CHURCH HAS FORGOTTEN ITS PURPOSE.

D. TODAY, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT “HOW TO
GET THE MOST FROM YOUR CHURCH.”

1. I CORINTHIANS 12 DESCRIBES THE
CHURCH USING THE WORD BODY.

2. ILL. THIS WEEKEND IS
DISCIPLENOW. IN THE MANUAL
GIVEN TO LEADERS THE
RELATIONSHIP OF THE CHURCH
AS A BODY IS DESCRIBED THIS
WAY:

a. THE FOUNDATION IS CHRIST
WHO IS THE HEAD OF THE
BODY.


b. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE
MEMBERS WITH GOD AND
OTHERS IS THE HEART OF THE
BODY.

c. THE FOCUS ON CHRIST, HIS
WORD, AND HIS WAY ARE THE
EYES OF THE BODY.

d. THE FUNCTION TO BE SALT AND
LIGHT ARE THE LEGS AND THE
FEET OF THE BODY.

e. THE FREEDOM TO SERVE THE
WAY GOD LEADS ARE THE
ARMS AND THE HANDS OF THE
BODY.

C. ONE WILL GET THE MOST FROM THE
CHURCH WHEN:

I. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT UNDERSTANDING.

A. THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH IS THE LORD
JESUS CHRIST.

1. HE ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH.

2. HE IS THE CONTROL CENTER.

ILL. THE PROBLEM TODAY IS TOO OFTEN
CHURCHES ARE CONTROLLED BY ANYTHING
AND ANYONE BUT CHRIST.

ILL. EVERY PROBLEM AND SITUATION IN THE
NEW TESTAMENT WAS HANDLED WITH A
PRAYER MEETING. IN THE 20TH CENTURY
CHURCH THINGS ARE HANDLED IN A
BUSINESS MEETING.

B. THE BODY OF CHRIST IS MADE UP OF
BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE.


1. ALL ARE IMPORTANT.

2. WHEN ONE HURTS ALL HURT.

ILL. THE PLIGHT OF PERSECUTED
CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD.

II. GETS A RIGHT START.

ILL. A RIGHT START IS KEY TO MOST THINGS: A
DAY; MARRIAGE; VACATION. THIS IS ALSO
TRUE WITH THE CHURCH.

A. THERE ARE MANY WAYS HISTORICALLY ...


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