Christ’s Body — 1 Corinthians 12:12-30

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The human body is simply an amazing piece of God’s engineering design. It’s taken us thousands of years to figure out how God wired our bodies to function. 

 

Take breathing, for instance—the nose and mouth are the entrance for the air into our bodies. But then what? The air has to go to the lungs. The lungs take the oxygen from the air and pass it to the red blood cells. Where do the red blood cells come from? Our bone marrow—our bones help us to breath! 

 

These red blood cells travel all over the body giving oxygen to the other cells that need it. The red blood cells travel through a system of arteries, veins, and capillaries that, if you laid them end to end they would stretch around the Earth four times. 

 

Of course, to get the blood cells moving, we need the heart—that amazing little pump that beats faithfully 42,000,000 times a year. Without it, the oxygen we breath in through the nose would go nowhere.

 

It’s amazing how the parts of our bodies are designed by God to work together. If one part does not do it’s work, what happens? We get in serious trouble. The nose, lungs, bone marrow, blood cells, and heart are all necessary for us to breath.

 

By the way, this is one argument against evolution. Everything has to function correctly from day one in order for the body to survive. You can’t have the lungs evolve over time, because the body wouldn’t survive for them to evolve. This argument is call irreducible complexity.

 

At any rate, Paul compares the body of Christ—which consists of every Christian—to the human body to make a vital point. Like with the human body, every member of Christ’s body is important, needed, and should be cared for. Turn to 1 Corinthians 12—

 

The first thing this passage teaches us about Christ’s body is that…

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Three Elements Of Christian Unity

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

How is Christian unity supposed to work? Early in my Christian walk, I went to a Bible college where I had several liberal Christian friends. Their idea of unity was to accept everyone unconditionally, no matter what they believed. I even remember discussions about accepting Muslims as saved because, after all, they believed in the God of Abraham. Now, it’s true that we are to show love towards others, but their idea was that everyone was right, no matter what.

 

The battle cry of my liberal friends was, “Doctrine divides; love unites.” As such, I noticed that they did not have much in the way of doctrinal statements—nothing like the ones you find in conservative Baptist churches. What they believed about God was a mixture of Bible and what was popular in culture. Culture, especially, seemed to determine what they believed. If culture believed this or that, they would turn the Bible on it’s head to make it fit.

 

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Sermon: The Marks Of A Faithful Church Member

I don’t think I have ever worried about the number of members of the church. As a matter of fact, I would rather have fewer, committed members than to have a large membership. Why? 

The first church I ever attended had a membership roll of maybe two or three hundred people, but only 50-60 coming on Sunday mornings. Looking back on that, I have to wonder how many of those people were even true believers.

What does the Bible say about what a church member should look like?

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