The Body of Christ: A Living Organism, Not a Dead Organization
1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:11-16
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this evening and be finding your place at two passages of scripture if you would. The first is 1st Corinthians chapter 12 and the second is Ephesians chapter 4. And while you're finding your places there, let me just say that tonight is a very special night. Tonight we will be ordaining Steve Frasier and Mike Barbrey as deacons of the Temple Baptist Church. These are two fine men who are already doing the work of a deacon, but tonight we will be recognizing them specifically and setting them aside to serve this part of the body of Christ that is called Temple Baptist Church through the office of the deacon.
As you study your Bible, you will find that there are different pictures that are used to illustrate and illuminate what it means to be a part of the Church of the Lord Jesus. In 1st Corinthians it is described as a building. In Revelation it's pictured as "a bride adorned for her husband." But I believe that the most vivid picture of the church is found in 1st Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 where it is described as a body.
Listen to what Paul writes in 1st Corinthians 12, beginning in verse 12. "For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being 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 have all been made to drink into one Spirit.14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?18 But now God has set the m ...
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