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Discover the Book - September 26, 2011

  • 2011 Sep 26

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.

            “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.

  • No two of us are exactly alike any other component of Christ's church.
  • We all are vital; and there is a function within in His Body the church that only we can perform.
  • We each are also signed by the very One who created us for His glory. And we also are tested by Him, onsite, to be sure we accomplish the purpose for which we were designed and built.

God's Word explains our purpose in life when we were saved. We also know that God will do everything and anything it takes to make us fit into His purposes.

Now 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.

God’s plan for each of us is that we be a living walking dispenser of His Life. We have been built into Christ’s Body to live, walk, and talk His truth. But we can only do that effectively if we are responsibly doing our part in the Body.

Today we have gathered to celebrate the One who made us to have an infinite, endless, divinely procured life. Remember John 3:16?

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

He designed us to have an abundant life.

John 10:10The 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 how do we do it? How are we supposed to impact our world? By realizing that we are not alone, we are part of a Divinely constructed Body. The Church that Jesus Christ is building is the most powerful life giving force on this planet. And that is exactly what we see lived out in the book of Acts.

The Bible does not describe a believer’s life as ever being lived apart from other believers. All members of the universal church, the body of Christ, are to be actively and intimately involved in local assemblies.

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