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In a symphony orchestra, a violinist will not go around checking what a trombonist is playing, nor will an oboist worry about whether a trumpeter will come in on time. That is the business of the conductor. These people play their parts and the conductor puts it all together.

This is how the church should operate. We are to fulfill the gifts God has given us. He will put it together. We are not in competition with anybody; we do not have to struggle for position. We each have been given a ministry, not only leaders, preachers and teachers, but to everyone has been given the gifts of the Spirit, and they define our ministry.

(Ray Stedman - Title: BREAKFAST BY THE SEA - Date: May 26, 1985. From a sermon by Rick Finitzer, "A FAILED FISHING VENTURE" 1/13/2009)

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