by John Barnett

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Our Responsibilities as Christ's Body (3 of 9)
Series: Our Shared Life
John Barnett

Please open with me I Corinthians 12:27. Today God declares to us that we are Christ's Body, and being a part of something that big and that important has enormous responsibilities. Note what Paul says:

I Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

You and I are each individual pieces, parts, members of Christ's Body. And as a member of His Body, we have shared responsibilities; to accomplish His plan we each must do what we were made to do! The Body of Christ is complex, made of many individual parts, each with a special job to do.

To illustrate that truth think about the most complex, interdependent weapon system ever built on earth, which was made here in the USA. This amazing system is a collection of almost a million different pieces, all made to work with the others pieces.

It is 600 feet long and 42 feet wide, weighs over 18,750 tons, has more than 750,000 numbered parts; and is constantly on the move at 40 miles per hour-somewhere in the depths of the world's oceans. That is:

The Most Complex
Weapon Ever Built

Of course I just described one of America's 18 Trident submarines.

Within this high tech titanium bullet are 24 missiles, each holding 12 independently guided warheads-one of which can completely destroy most human life in an average city.

That means this one sleek, black system can deliver to nearly any spot on the surface of the earth a superheated 30,000 degree cloud of fire that will melt, evaporate or crumble anything that man knows about, in less than one second-and one sub can send that cloud of death out to 288 different spots all at once .

That means that just the 18 Trident subs could destroy the lives of one billion people.
The immense death all of those individual pieces working together could cause can only be contrasted to the immense LIFE that Christ's church offers to this world, but ...

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