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The Fellowship of the Church (6 of 6)
Series: The Church
I Corinthians 1:10-16
If you have your Bible, I want to invite you to turn to I Corinthians 1:10. We are preaching today on the subject, "The Fellowship Of The Church." We have talked about the founder of the church, the Lord Jesus. Then we talked about the foundation of the church, the Word of God. And then the seven fundamentals truths of the faith that are necessary for a church to be called a church. We talked about the function of the church, as we are to function as the body of Christ. But today we want to preach about the fellowship of the church.
Now last week we talked about the function of the church from I Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 and Ephesians 4. And we learned three things about the function of the church as the body of Christ. We learned first of all about the head of the body. The head of the body of the church is Christ himself. And if Christ is the head, then just as our physical body takes directive from our head, then our church, the body of Christ, takes directives from Him. The body does not tell the head what to do but the head gives directives and instructions to the body. Therefore all of the instructions and marching orders of the church come from our head, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
And then we learned about the health of the body. Jesus wants His body, the church, to be a healthy body. And if that is to be the case, then we have to be a body, which is properly nourished. We have to be a body that has proper exercise. And each of us needs to exercise our individual gifts within the body of Christ.
And then we have to be a growing body for every healthy, normal body is a growing body. And if a church is to be the body of Christ and a healthy body of Christ then we must be a growing body representing spiritual and numerical growth.
Not only did we learn about the head of the body and the health of the body but also we learned ...
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