Sermon Notes from May 31, 2015
The Diversity & Unity of the Body, Pt. 2
1 Corinthians 12:15-22
The different systems and organs in the body, all with different functions, work together for health and operation of the body.
Try to live without lungs, or kidneys.
Try to live without your head or your heart.
Try to walk without legs, or write without hands.
Even toenails and backsides serve a purpose in the body.
1 Corinthians 12:15 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 members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
- The Body
- We are all Different
- Embrace it!
- Reaching across all types of barriers
- Putting the Kingdom Cause above all
There is a need for all the parts of the body to be active and engaged together in order for the body to function properly.
Get the Picture!
What happens if the hand were able to walk away from the body? It would die in moments. Think of a body in which the hand slaps the face, and the ear will only listen to or hear the things that the left eye sees, because it does not like the right eye.
We have no right or reason to divide the body.
The body is the organic expression of God’s kingdom. It is such a powerful expression of what Jesus intended for the Kingdom of God:
John 17:20–23 (NKJV)
Christ Prays for All Believers
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
We can only be one when we love one another. We can only function in the body when that love is agape: unconditional, selfless, not keeping score. Love looks beyond the territorialism that creates lines of demarcation in the body. Love looks beyond the levels of talent and sees the offering of one’s self to the service of the king. Who cares how good you do something compared to how well someone else does something? While we are human and sometimes feel slighted when not called upon to shine; while we may feel we can do something better than someone else who is called upon, it is God who calls, God who ordains, God who orchestrates the greatest revivals, the greatest renewals that the world will ever know.
1 Corinthians 3:5–15 (NKJV)
Watering, Working, Warning
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Psalm 75:1–7 (NKJV)
1 We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.
2 “When I choose the proper time,
I will judge uprightly.
3 The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved;
I set up its pillars firmly.
4 “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’
And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn.
5 Do not lift up your horn on high;
Do not speak with a stiff neck.’ ”
6 For exaltation comes neither from the east
Nor from the west nor from the south.
7 But God is the Judge:
He puts down one,
And exalts another.
Children – Skit Today
Youth – Graduates
College Age – Graduates
This does not need to just be an old person’s church, nor does it need to just be a young person’s church. This needs to be a church where we can reach across generational lines and know God together. Young people need the wisdom and experience of the older in order to avoid pitfalls and treacherous terrain that the older have already trodden. The older people need the energy and zeal of the young in order to carry out the vision. Older people should be respected; the faith of our fathers must be the faith of our children. But younger people must have a seat at the table as well, for they will one day pastor and teach and superintend and lead this church!
The Ultimate Goal: UNITY
Psalm 133:1–3 (NKJV)
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Unity brings the anointing
Unity brings provision
We ALL have something to offer God.
We ALL have gifts.
We are ALL different, but valuable
The pretty and the plain
The blue collar, the white collar, the no collar
The educated and the street smart
The leader and the follower
The Queen Bee and the drones
The King and the Knights and the serfs
Management and the Rank and File
The rock star and the roadie
Book smarts and common sense
Loud and quiet
Big and small
Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight…