- Our consumer-driven societyhas developed consumer-driven churches.
- Churches often satisfy the members at the expense of the mission.
- The temptation is to find comfort that does not require investment.
- Seeking to have our preferences met prevents us from meeting the needs of others.
Biblical Example [1 Cor. 12:12-31]
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.
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
- All gifts are a blessing from God.
- Lie #1: Because of my gifts, I am not valuable (12:12-14)
- The church’s ability to function properly depends on its unity within diversity. (12:12-13)
- Lie #2: Because of my gifts, I do not need anyone. (12:21)
- Part of the body may seem insignificant, but when it suffers it jeopardizes the life of the entire body. (12:24-26)
- The most important gift of any believer is love. (12:30-31)
- Our willingness to invest in others is a demonstration of our faith in God’s design.
- Committing to serve a way for others to experience what you have experienced.
- In what ways could you consider contributing to our church family?
- Next Steps: Where will you serve?