One Body 1 Corinthians 12:4-31 1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5: And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. Group harmony is seldom achieved without personal sacrifice 6: And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. Unity among believers Comes from unity with Christ As spokes get nearer the hub They get closer together 7: But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8: For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9: To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; Big doors swing on little hinges 10: To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. All saints are not created equal We each differ • By His design as He wills • By His Purpose in the world • By his positioning in the body • By His provision on our journey • By His callings to His work 12: For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that ONE BODY, being many, are ONE BODY: so also is Christ. 13: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into ONE BODY, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. Great power in Lightening From tiny electrical charges working together 14: For the body is not one member, but many. 15: If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16: And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17: If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? Body part not mentioned Bone of contention 18: But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19: And if they were all one member, where were the body? 21: And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22: Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: Don’t believe in cooperation? What happens when a wheel comes off a car. 23: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24: For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked: 25: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26: And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. To be in tune with Christ we must be in harmony with one another without discord among brethren Like a gear cog fits 27: Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28: And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29: Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30: Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31: But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1-8 2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3: For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4: For as we have many members in ONE BODY, and all members have not the same office: As in a fresnel lens each glass has a different shape and position. Together they shine miles away 5: So we, being many, are ONE BODY in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6: Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7: Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8: Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Ephesians:2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in ONE BODY by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: Ephesians:4:4 There is ONE BODY, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; Col:3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in ONE BODY; and be ye thankful. 1 Corinthians 4:15-16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Coming together is a beginning Working together is key to success Working together with Christ is the POWER to succeed (2 Cor 6:1 KJV) We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. You don’t have to be a hero to take the lead, just have a tender heart for others to do so! A team that works together succeeds together! Keep an eye out for the adventures in life that await you!