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You Are the Body of Christ (8 of 10)
Series: Beautiful Mess
1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-7, 11-14, 26-27
''Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.'' 1 Corinthians 12:27, NIV
1. Making sense of spiritual gifts.
2. A plan for getting started.
3. Obstacles to using your spiritual gifts.
The human body is an amazing and complex creation of God containing 100 trillion cells, 100 billion nerve cells in your brain alone! There are around 7,500 identified parts to your body and all those parts work together in a marvelous unity of purpose. But when a few cells go off the grid, when a few body systems don't work properly, your body gets sick and begins to break down. Other systems have to kick in to compensate.
The church is compared to a human body, that's Paul's favorite description of the church. ''Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it'' (1 Cor. 12:27). As a church we are made up of all kinds of different people, who have different backgrounds, we're from different cultures and different places, yet God has placed us in the ''one body'' together. When each part of the body is functioning, the church is an amazing and beautiful body that looks like Christ. We become his hands, feet, voice, an expression of his love.
When you physically feel well, life is more enjoyable. No one likes to be sick and miserable and in pain. And when the body of Christ is well, when each part is functioning the body of Christ is healthy and happy, life becomes more enjoyable. You find fulfillment in your Christian life when you find your place. Because when you find your place, you find that your life has purpose. And we as people are created with a deep desire to have purpose in life. Studies have shown that people who are the happiest are people who remain active in life, they have a purpose for living.
So what's your purpose? Where is your part in the body of Christ? ''Now you are the body ...
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