The Church As One Body? - By Tom Waters

Read 1 Cor 12:12-31

People at Canada Water Church come from different countries, backgrounds, jobs, ages, and interests. Yet, in verses 12-13, Paul says that we are all one body:

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink - 1 Cor 12:12-13

Why? What does that mean?

Unity
In one Corinthians, Paul is writing into a context of disunity and division. The Christians in the church of Corinth were suing each other (chapter 6), and those with plenty did nothing to help those who were starving (chapter 11).

But this is not the way God's church was designed. In verses 25-26, Paul says that, "But God has so composed the body... that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together, if one member is honoured, all rejoice together."

So, part of being the body is to love one another, and to look after one another!

Different roles
"If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing?"

Paul explains that different people bring different skills and abilities to the church. Some are teachers, others prophets, others administrators, he says. We might add a few others - musicians, website managers, cooks. But all these different people are needed for the body to work.

Sometimes it's easy to think that your role in the church is unimportant. But Paul explains that, "on the contrary, the parts of the body that seem weaker are indispensable." When we play our role in the church, we serve its other members, and glorify God.