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Summary: Here's a sermon to encourage your congregation to get involved in the church's work.

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What Are You Putting Into The Church?

1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-25

4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.

6And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,

9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,

10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

12For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.

13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

14For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?

16And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?

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

18But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.

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

20But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.

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

22No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

23And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,

24but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,

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

I'm going to be open with you folks.

There are times when I am so blessed by what happens here...

that I thank the Lord for the privilege of serving here.

In those times...

I pray that the Lord will allow me to finish out my life

pastoring you wonderful people.

At other times, I get discouraged.

I get depressed and angry.

I get concerned by the poor attendance I see here.

Being the spiritual leader of a church...

means there will be bad times...and good times.

The pastor's job is to preach the Word...

and do what he can to keep the members

working together for the good of the church.

During those times when I get down on this church...

the Lord usually leads me to read 1 Corinthians.

WHY?

Because the Church at Corinth had all kinds of problems.

The man who was the pastor of that church...

had more problems than you could shake a stick at.

Some of the Christians in Corinth were full of pride.

They were arrogant and stuck up.

Some of them liked to stir up trouble.

They'd get angry over something that happened in church..

and they'd run from house to house

saying things that created divisions

and feelings of anger among the members.

They did it that way...

because they didn't have a telephone or email.

These troublemakers tried to set one group and one leader

against another.

Some of them thought they were more valuable to Jesus

because they could sing...or teach a class.

They valued one spiritual gift above another.

Some of them were living in open sin.

The things they were doing

were clearly a violation of the commandments of Jesus.

And it was bringing shame on the church.

Some people thought it was awful

and they wanted the church to do something about it.

But others misunderstood the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles.

They said, "Who are we to judge?"

So...the church at Corinth was in a big mess.

Somebody wrote a letter to Paul.

And Paul knew this nonsense had to stop.

The Holy Spirit guided Paul's hand

as he wrote a letter reminding the Corinthian Christians

that Jesus did not want them to be fighting one another.

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