Everyone is Part of the Team (Pastor Adam Herod, Youth Associate)
- 1 Corinthians 12:12 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:13 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:14 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:15 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:16 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:17 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:18 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:19 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:20 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:21 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:22 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:23 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:24 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:25 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:29 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:30 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 12:31 (NLT)
Anecdote of HS Team versus College Team
HS team had best athletes, but didn't play as a team. College team, lesser talent, pulled together, won conference title.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
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. 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! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 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. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages. Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.
But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31 NLT)
Self-pity versus Pride
1) Neither weak nor strong are the norm. There is no one that has nothing, nor is there anyone who has everything to offer. Everybody is a Somebody, because we are all in this together.
2) Each if us has a special contribution to make. (vv 15-16). Hands & Eyes, special recognition & prominence; feet & ears, less so. Yet, all must work together to be effective.
Public ministry is only as effective as private ministry allows it to be. Every person has their job, an no one needs to duplicate that job.
We sometimes get used to accommodated ministry, when some are out if place, but the outsider coming in sees it instantly. We bed everyone doing their part, working together as a team, for the ministry to be effective.
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