LEVERAGE

SERIES: Leverage

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Journey Church

 

  • You are amazing!

 

  • Amazing facts about the human body:

 

  • One human brain generates more electrical impulses in a day than all the telephones in the world combined.

 

  • Nerve impulses race from your brain to your body at over 170 MPH

 

  • At birth a human being has 300 bones / An adult has 206 bones

 

  • 25% of those bones are in your feet!

 

  • Fingernails grow 4x faster than your toenails

 

  • If your hair was allowed to grow for your entire lifetime, the average person would have hair 450 miles long

 

  • DNA in your body was uncoiled it would stretch to Pluto and back – 10 billion miles

 

  • Average person will eat 100,000 pounds of food in a lifetime

 

  • 50,000 cells in your body died and were replaced while you were reading this sentence.

 

David wrote in Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;…” (476)/ One of the analogies used to describe the church in the New Testament is the idea of the church as a body (family, building) / Collectively we are a body with each of us individually having a role like the parts of a human body

 

CONTEXT

 

  • OT/NT – Apostle Paul – Letters – Corinth – 1 Corinthians – Chapter 12 (877)

 

  • Paul uses this analogy of a body – Each part of your body matters – It’s the same for the church as a body

 

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (877)

 

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.

 

  • People that made up the Corinthian church came from different national, religious, and social backgrounds – but they were equal in Christ

 

If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.

 

  • We are one– but we are not uniform.

 

  • The diversityof the church is the strengthof the church.

 

The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.

 

  • The church should be the place where the weak, the less honorable, and the overlooked are valued and protected

 

We may not always understand the place God has for us – the part we are to play. Or it might not be the role we envision. It is God who gifts us for our place in the body.

 

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

 

  • Different, different, different / Same, same, same

 

Different spiritualgifts(Charisma / God-given gifts) – same Spiritas the source

 

Different kinds of service(roles, positions of ministry) – serve same Lord

 

Different works(or expressions) – same Goddoes the work in all of us

 

  • This diversity of gifts and service and works builds and strengthens the church and makes it more able to accomplish the purpose of God in this world

 

  • Paul tells the Corinthians (and us) that when we don’t play our part, it’s a Lose/Lose situation

 

  • You lose – unfulfilled, lack of satisfaction
    • Jesus: Come, follow Me and I will make you fishers of men

 

  • The church – Christ’s body loses
    • The body is incomplete / limited in impact

 

Jesus talked about His Kingdom (in contrast to the world)

 

  • Kingdom Purpose: Incredible joy in leveraging what God has entrusted to you for the benefit of others and for His glory.

 

  • How are you leveraging your gifts, talents, abilities – everything God has placed in you – for others and to glorify Him?

 

 

 


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