A Functioning Church Member
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Delivered By
Travis Markes
Delivered On
January 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Subject
We are Blanchard First
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january_13_2019.pdf
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“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. 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. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 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. 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. 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? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 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.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 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, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-27 ESV)

 

1. Connecting to the Body of Christ. (v. 13)

*Salvation is for all who trust.

*Salvation is by grace through faith.

*Salvation is personal.

*Salvation is permanent.

2. Each member is a necessary part of the whole. (v. 14-24)

*Every believer is part of the body.

*Every believer is placed by God.

*Every believer has a part.

*Every part is important.

3. Each member is different but we still work together. (v.15-20)

*We are all different from each other.

*We are dependent upon each other.

4. Biblical church membership is functioning membership.

*Promote unity. (v. 25)

*Practice mutual care. (v. 26)

*Participate in the coordination and growth of the body. (v. 27)