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A sermon on "Church Partnership," from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, preached by Stephen McAlpin at Hope Fellowship (Cambridge, MA) on 6-9-13 as part of the series, "A Messy Community of Grace."
In the second of our five-week series on The Church, we are out to discover what it means to be the body of Christ in a broken world. Jesus gave up his body that we might become his body of unity, of maturity, and of love.
Christians are the body of Christ and aren't independent, but inter-dependent upon each other.
The example of the Macedonia Christian's giving to the needs to the Jerusalem church was an example to the Corinth church and an example to us. As the world has gotten small with the advent of instantaneous communication we are often very aware of the needs of other believers throughout the world. As a Christians we are called to help other Christians in need.
Union with Christ is the basis for life within the church. As we are united with Christ we are to be united with other members of Christ's body. The Christian body should demonstrate mutual dependence, interdependence and building up of one another.
The Wii is a home game console released by Nintendo in November of 2006. It revolutionized gaming in the sense that it could be played by more than one or two people at a time. The Wii placed emphasis on community in gaming. The church of God is a community, and as human beings we long for it. Scripture tells us in Genesis 2, that "it was not good for man to be alone", therefore God created Eve for Adam. Together they would help one another. Community should be a vital part of every Christians' life.
The Church needs every member to do it's part, just like a body. We must be obedient. Sometimes our heart will deceive us into comfort. As jeremiah 17:9 says: "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure."
This weekend we are concluding the series on “Grow Relationships.” Church is a great place to practice growing relationships. After all, the Bible tells us that we are interconnected relationally in such a way that together we become the body of Christ. In fact, Paul describes as members of the body. Let’s think about that word member.