Our Responsibilities as Christ's Body

Please open with me I Corinthians 12:27. Today God declares to us that we are Christ's Body, and being a part of something that big and that important has enormous responsibilities. Note what Paul says:

I Corinthians 12:27 "Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually."

You and I are each individual pieces, parts, members of Christ's Body. And as a member of His Body, we have shared responsibilities; to accomplish His plan we each must do what we were made to do! The Body of Christ is complex, made of many individual parts, each with a special job to do. 

Today I ask you—are you accomplishing Christ's purposeful design for your life? If you are overcome by anxiety, frustration, anger, despair, and depression in your day to day life, you are not working according to specifications.

Now, please turn with me to Acts 5:20, and listen to God's Word.

Acts 5:20 "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life."

Engineered By God

He designed us to have an abundant life.

John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

So as we gather we gather in the life giving Name of Jesus, with His life within us, and His life flowing through us. Now turn to the early church. What was the message that they were to give out? Look at just one of the specific times that the Lord explained what they were to be doing.

Acts 5:20 "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life."

We are to Live the Life

And that is what they did.

  • Jesus asked them to stay in Jerusalem until the Spirit of Life came upon them to dwell within and empower them—as in Acts 1-2 the upper room and day of Pentecost.
  • Everywhere they went they explained the new life Christ had given them—as in Acts 2 and Peter's sermon.
  • In every situation they offered to individuals this new life—as in the lame man in Acts 3.
  • They gathered and celebrated that life and were energized even in persecution—as in the prayer meeting of Acts 4.
  • And then in Acts 5 we see after the time in jail, they are resolved to keep on talking about "this life"! Are you part of the life giving ministry of Christ's church as we go out into a world of sin and death?

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