Summary: Hard hitting sermon---on importance of being faithful to Body of Christ---the Church !!!
Church---It does the "BODY" good
I Cor 12:12-27
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.
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 !!!
Each and every Christian is an important part of the "Body" of Christ !!!
All those who call Jesus, LORD, are special in God’s eyes !!! Amen !!!
God has given each of us talents, and skills, and gifts that were given to strengthen the Body of Christ !!!
The Body of Christ is a team effort---and every one of us are an important part of God’s team !!! Amen !!!
Turn to the person next to you right now---give em a high five---tell-em---"We’re on God’s Team !!!"
A church isn’t an individual effort---it takes teamwork !!!---Everyone doin their part towards the same goal---bringing the Lost to Christ !!! Amen !!!
The Bible uses a different example---it compares the church to the Human Body !!!
(Hold up complete picture of cartoon jogger or runner)
(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)
(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)