1 Corinthians 12:12-26 12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 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.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
Romans 12:3-6 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many,are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.
Jesus works through the church, the body of Christ. He accomplishes his will for the church, through the church, as they love and serve one another, teach and correct one another, encourage and sympathize with one another, and stay on the joyful and God glorifying mission of making disciples of all nations with one another. Jesus also accomplishes his will for the world in large part through the church as they share the gospel, love their neighbors and cities, meet the physical needs of the hurting and vulnerable, and seek to end injustices both locally and worldwide.
Like a body, the church has many members who are one. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus says we will do greater works than he did—not in kind, but in number. The church needs people like you, and unlike you. No one can say to another, “I have no need of you.” We are united, not uniform. We are diverse, not divided. Some have gifts that are more visible than others, but that does not mean they are more important or more honorable. “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose” (1 Cor 12:18). Everyone is gifted in the body. Everyone is needed in the body. Where do you see a need that is not being met? Seek to meet it. Where do you see something that is, in a sense, empty? Seek to fill it.
The gifts we have are given to us by God’s grace. Often times when people do not actively use their gifts, they would say that they have low self-esteem. The problem, however, with not using your gifts, is not low self-esteem, but low God-esteem. He has gifted you, by his grace, for his glory and other’s good. How are you graciously gifted? How can you use your grace-gifts for the glory of God and the good of your church body, your neighbors, your city, and the world?
Q.1 Was there anything from Sunday’s Sermon or the Big Idea that was new to you or had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind?
Q.2 What stands out to you in 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 and why?
Q.3 What stands out to you in Romans 12:3-6 and why?
Q.4 Are you a Prophet, Priest, or King?
*Try and help each other discern in which way(s) they are gifted.
- FOCUS = Communication / Visionary / Larger Audiences / Bold and Frank
- SPIRITUAL GIFTS = Teaching / Evangelism / Knowledge / Preaching / Discernment / Exhortation
- PRONE TO SIN = Harsh / Cold / Self-righteous with knowledge
- FOCUS = Relationships (one-on-one) / Care & Meeting Needs / Smaller audience
- SPIRITUAL GIFTS = Encouragement / Mercy / Evangelism / Relationships / Service
- PRONE TO SIN = Tolerance of sin / Lack of truth / Self-righteous with compassion or love
- FOCUS = Strategy / Vision implementer / Resource manager / / Behind the scenes /
- SPIRITUAL GIFTS = Leadership / Administration / Wisdom
- PRONE TO SIN = Rigid (not flexible) / Rules / Self-righteous with with policy
You’ll never be as joyful as you’d like; you’ll never use your gifts for the glory of God and the good of other’s, until you blown away by the true Prophet, Priest, and King- Jesus.
WE NEED A PRIEST BECAUSE WE ARE GUILTY
We are born into sin and we commit sin (Genesis 6:5).
As Priest, Jesus becomes our only, sufficient mediating sacrifice and our redemption from sin (Hebrews 4:14–15). His sacrifice cleanses our guilt.
WE NEED A KING BECAUSE WE ARE CORRUPT
We and our world are contaminated and polluted by sin (Ephesians 4:14–18).
As King, Jesus rules over creation and the church, offering hope and deliverance from our corruption (John 1:3; Ephesians 4:15–16). His redemption will restore us and all of creation.
Jesus is precisely what we need, precisely Who we get, and precisely Who we give to the world when we use the gifts God has given us. Glory to Jesus!
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“Jesus Works Through His Church” was preached on March 10th, 2013 by Pastor Brett Baggett at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee.