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The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ

1 COR. 12:12
"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ."

The church is not a building made of brick and steel and stone or wood and glass

The church is Jong a place, a geographical location

The church is a people who belong to God

The church is spoken of in terms of a flock of God with Jesus as the good shepherding with Pastors as undershepherds.

The church is the body of Christ In which He continues to live and through which He continues to carry on his redemptive mission in the world.

Therefore, the church is more than an organization, it is an organism.

Christ is the source of the life of the church which is His body.

He came to give us life.

Christ is the sustainer of the life of the body.

Christ is to be the sovereign over His body which is The church.

The Pastor is to be the overseer, the manager, but Christ is to be the Lord and Master.

Each member of the church have an important ministry to render, but it is not running the church.

The only "Boss" that the church needs has already been appointed and His name is Jesus Christ.

To be the Lord, the head of the church, means that God has appointed Him to to a position of authority.

As the Head of the church, Christ has been given the right to make request, to issue orders, to make requisitions.

If we would experience the rich and abundant life, then we must recognize that we belong to Him and act like it.

In the body of Christ, there must be unity. (1 Cor. 12:12)

In the body of Christ, there must be harmony

No individual is to look upon himself because he does not have the gift that others have. (1 Cor. 12:15-20)

No individual is to considered as of little value or as being unneeded

No individual is to act superior to the others of the body.

No individual is to be treated as inferior to others of the body.

For a football team to be a winner, each player must have play his mown position

A team does not need eleven quarterbacks

In addition to be quarterback, the team needs guards, tackles, blocks, backs, and a center.

Each player must play his own position

And so should it be in the church

No big "I's or little you's

We need in Willow Grove SDA Church to have that type of team spirit, were everyone works together.

In the body of Christ, there is solidarity

If one member suffers, all of the members should suffer together with him

If one member is honored, all of the members should rejoice together with him and for him.

All of the members of the body are to have the same care one for another as they have for themselves.

In the body of Christ, we must have organization. "Let all things be done decently and in order."

No fly-by-night, or last minute ministries should grace God's church.

We should come together and develop goals and objectives for God's church.

The church must have careful planning and supervision.

"The leaders in God’s cause, as wise generals, are to lay plans for advance moves all along the line. In their planning they are to give special study to the work that can be done by the laity for their friends and neighbors. The work of God in this earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work, and unite their efforts with those of ministers and church officers.... – {GW 351.4}.

Also, Ellen White says, GW, 210 "They must be taught how to labor for the Master. They must be trained, disciplined, drilled, in the best methods of winning souls to Christ."

We must always remember that God works through men, not through methods.

The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men.

The Holy Ghost does not come upon machinery but upon men!

He does not anoint plans, but anoints men!

In the body of Christ, we should have a mission.

Matt. 28:19, 20 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you."

The mission of the church is to educate its members to become disciples of Jesus Christ.

The church has an obligation to move its people from membership to discipleship.

The church should know its work and do it.

The members of the body should be active workers for the Lord.

There is no time to chill out!

AA, 111 "Long has God waited for the spirit of service to take possession of the whole church, so that every one shall be working for Him according to his ability."

Members who do not take an active part in the mission of the church, almost, always fail in Christian life.

The body of Christ must be morally pure.

This is vital if the church is to save itself and the world.

Only pure churches gain the respect of the community.

When Christian living is compromised with the world, the church loses its reason for existing.

We should always remember our calling, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" 1 Peter 2:9.

The body of Christ must possess genuine Christian love.

Love is the mark of a Christian, "by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one to another." John 13:35

This love should manifest itself in friendliness and hospitality to others.

Love will attract outsiders and lead them to genuine conversion.

AA, pp.318, 319 "No matter how high the profession, he whose heart is not filled with love for God and his fellow men is not a true disciple of Christ. Though he should possess great faith and have power even to work miracles, yet without love his faith would be worthless. He might display great liberality; but should he, from some other motive than genuine love, bestow all his goods to feed the poor, the act would not commend him to the favor of God. In his zeal he might even meet a martyr’s death, yet if not actuated by love, he would be regarded by God as a deluded enthusiast or an ambitious hypocrite"

    • Donnovan Wint
      Donnovan Wint

      Very well said.

      "The body of Christ must possess genuine Christian love."