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Summary: Hard hitting sermon---on importance of being faithful to Body of Christ---the Church !!!

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Church---It does the "BODY" good

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I Cor 12:12-27

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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.

13: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

14: For the body is not one member, but many.

15: If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

16: And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

17: If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

18: But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

19: And if they were all one member, where were the body?

20: But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21: And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22: Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

23: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

24: For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:

25: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

26: And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

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The "Body"of Christ refers to all Christian believers all over the world as well as the local church that gathers together

in His name !!!

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Each and every Christian is an important part of the "Body" of Christ !!!

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All those who call Jesus, LORD, are special in God’s eyes !!! Amen !!!

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God has given each of us talents, and skills, and gifts that were given to strengthen the Body of Christ !!!

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The Body of Christ is a team effort---and every one of us are an important part of God’s team !!! Amen !!!

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Turn to the person next to you right now---give em a high five---tell-em---"We’re on God’s Team !!!"

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A church isn’t an individual effort---it takes teamwork !!!---Everyone doin their part towards the same goal---bringing the Lost to Christ !!! Amen !!!

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The Bible uses a different example---it compares the church to the Human Body !!!

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(Hold up complete picture of cartoon jogger or runner)

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(with your computer you can dissect the cartoon til it’s just a torso---now hold up cartoon picture of torso---missing head/eyes/ears/nose/mouth/arms/legs)

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(Pass out paper cutouts of the missing body parts(in sealed envelopes)---head-eyes-nose-mouth-arms-legs-ears----whatever part you get---is the part you have in the Body of Christ---label envelopes)

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If we’re gonna put the Body of Christ back together we gotta start someplace---can a human body survive without a head ???

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Can God’s church survive without the head ???

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Better start at the top

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(paste Herad on Torso) Now that our body has a head---who does the Head represent ???

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Look up Ephesians 5:23---says that Christ is the Head of the

church---Amen !!!

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The Bible says Christ is the head of the church---yet today church after church after church are denying Christ and the truth and preaching a watered down---powerless---do-gooder

social Gospel !!!

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Now our picture has a head---but thar’s still something wrong with this picture ??? What is it ???---there is no face---part of the Body is still missing !!!

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Let’s give our picture some eyes---who is an eye ???---who is the other eye ???

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You are an eye---what purpose is an eye in the Body of Christ ???

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An eye can be used to see a need in somebody’s life !!!---Maybe yer the only person that can see that need !!!---If yer part in the church is bein an eye and yer missing from the body---what could happen ???----That need may go un-noticed !!!

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Why do you suppose God gave our bodies two eyes ???

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Who are the ears ??? (stick ears on picture)

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If yer an ear in the body of Christ---what might your job be ???

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