2 One body, many parts Context Foundations for body life, applies to Different gifts, but one Spirit (1 Cor 12:1-11)Many parts, but one Body (1 Cor 12:12-31)Love above all else (1 Cor 13)Practical guidance on expressing the gifts (1 Cor 14)Foundations for body life, applies toUsing spiritual gifts (supernatural enablings of the Spirit)Natural abilitiesJust getting things done!
3 One body, many parts How do I see myself in the church? How do I see othersin the church?
4 One body, many parts We’re different, but we’re born of one Spirit “For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. And so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 1 Cor 12:13-14Unity, not uniformitySame Spirit: conversion, indwelling, origins
5 One body, many parts We’re the way God has designed the church “But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” 1 Cor 12:18“All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” 1 Cor 12:11Don’t argue with God
6 One body, many partsWe’re the way God has designed the church
7 One body, many partsWe are interdependent – we need each other to function“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? … The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you’” 1 Cor 12:17,21Step out in gifts, respond to the leadersRecognise practical needs and respondPlay an active part in meetings (1 Cor 14:26)Church life is more than Sundays!
8 One body, many partsWe need to honour all of the gifts (and the gifted)“On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.” 1 Cor 12:22Not all gifts / service are upfrontHow do we honour all the gifts?
9 One body, many parts Building one another up should be our priority “Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.” 1 Cor 14:12
10 One body, many parts How do I see myself in the church? We’re different, but we’re born of one SpiritWe’re the way God has designed the churchWe are interdependent – we need each other to functionWe need to honour all of the gifts (and the gifted)Building one another up should be our priorityHow do I see myselfin the church?How do I see othersin the church?