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Series: The Church
I Corinthians 12:12-26
I want to invite you to share with me in I Corinthians 12. We are going to begin reading in verse 12. We have been preaching on "The Church". We have talked about the founder of the church, the Lord Jesus; we have talked about the foundation of the church and the fundamentals of the church that is our doctrines and beliefs on which our church is built. We talked about the formation of the church and how God formed the church on the day of Pentecost. And today we are going to talk about "The Function Of The Church". How does God intend for the New Testament church to function and carry out the ministry that God has given to us? Paul addresses this subject in I Corinthians 12 and also in several other parts of the New Testament. But in I Corinthians 12 Paul is discussing the matter of spiritual gifts.
Now when you mention the word church all kinds of widely differing images come to the minds of men. For some, the church is nothing but a snooty, religious country clubs with traditional rituals as sacred as a fox hunt. To others the church is a political action group formed to cure the social ills of humanity. To others the church is a non-segregated group of people sitting in the waiting room for the next bus to heaven. Some view the church as a kind of low calorie dessert for anyone who wants something nice that won't tarnish their public image. Others think of the church as a regular meeting of religious hopheads enjoying their weekend religious jag. To some the church is a religious water boy to the game of life or a religious democracy formed to legislate malls for the rest of the world.
Never the less despite its many weaknesses and despite the criticisms leveled against it, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ has been since its inception and is today the most powerful force upon this earth. It has blessed the hearts and lives of millions of p ...
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