Summary: Church Membership, The Body, Selfishness
I WILL – “I Will” Avoid the Traps of “Churchianity”
1 Corinthians 12:12, 27-28 (pg. 799-800) November 22, 2015
I need to openly tell you I stole this title from Thom Rainer’s book “I Will.”
There is no such word as “churchianity” but it fit too well and it conveys the idea of what I’m trying to impress too well not to use it.
I grew up in church...I never remember a time in my life where it wasn’t a part of my family...when I was a child we went to a denominational Church here in Lexington...The Church that was a part of my dad’s heritage...when I was 6 or 7 my dad came into a Sunday School class I was in to get me. He asked the teacher what he was teaching...the teacher responded, “The Myth of Jonah.” How it was just an allegory...or story that represented mankind’s struggle with sin...and pointed to Jesus’ 3 days in the grave...my dad’s response: and you’ll have to forgive me a little...was “I don’t believe that story is a myth...I believe a big “darn” fish swallowed Jonah (dad didn’t say “darn”)
My father shared his struggle with His boss Bill Bachanan at Kentucky Utilities and Bill invited my dad and our family to Southland Christian...the rest of the story is history...we went...mom & dad were baptized by Wayne...and I grew up with an amazing minister, children’s ministry and youth group...who loved us...even when I rebelled...I am indeed a B.U.I.C.K. (A brought up in Church kid.)
I’ve spent almost 37 years ministering in the Church...intern, children & student minister, senior, preaching minister at small, medium and large churches...Kari’s been at my side for 35 of those 37 years...I’ve “done” church for awhile.
Thom Rainer defines “churchianity” this way: “Practicing our church and religious beliefs according to human standards rather than biblical guidelines.”
There’s a horrible trend in many people’s lives when we’ve spent decades “going to church” or being “church members.” Slowly we forget about Jesus...and the vibrant Christianity we had when we first met Him and we slide into “churchianity”...which is something very different than the sacrificial and unifying teachings in 1 Corinthians Chapter 12. Look at 1 Corinthians 12:27-28
“Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it. And God has placed these in the Church.”
When scripture talks about “church membership” (and it does) it describes each of us as part of a body...each of us essential to the whole. Some are ears, others are eyes, some are feet or hands...that’s why he says:
“For as the body is one and has many parts and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body – so also is Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:12)
God’s biblical and self-giving plan is for His body, the Church, to function like a healthy body...with His Son, Jesus, being the head and each member doing what He designed it to do...for His glory...and for His purposes.