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A Member of the Body (17 of 26)
INTRODUCTION: We began last week by recognizing that Paul introduces this turning point in Romans from the doctrinal to the practical with a series of four metaphors.
• That of a Sacrifice on an Altar
• That of a Member of Body
• That of a Member of a Family
• That of a Soldier in an Army
This week we are looking at a metaphor that Paul frequently uses as he compares each individual christian as a part (or member) of a Body.
ILLUSTRATION: After I first surrendered to preach I would use this illustration to demonstrated the brevity of life. I would take a roll of toilet paper and have one kid hold it at this end, another kid unroll the entire roll of toilet paper and they I would say. If this entire roll represents eternity (then I would tear off one sheet)... this one sheet represents your life. The Bible teaches that what you do during your very brief life has MASSIVE implications for how it will be for you in eternity.
Only in life can you:
• Lay up your treasure in heaven
• Win souls to Jesus
• Use the gifts God has given you for the edification of the church
AND the Bible teaches that somehow someway what you do on this earth will be rewarded in Heaven. If you are faithful over LITTLE here, you will be entrusted with MUCH there.
So you better get this right. This is not a dress rehearsal. You got one shot.
I want to propose to you today - God wants you to identify your place of giftedness in the body and faithfully serve Christ with your gift for the rest of your life - and in doing so, you will make this little thing called life cause the GREATEST impact for eternity.
OK GREAT - HOW DO I FIND MY PLACE IN THE BODY? I'm glad you asked, let's look at a few principles together.
Step 1 - Eliminate Distractions
2 Do not be conformed to this world,
That means this world very clearly has a agenda. It wants you to live life for fortune and fame. It ...
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