How does the body of Christ function? Part 1

Welcome to Wake up and Worship!!  

Today we are studying Romans 15:27, which says:

They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially. (NLT)

Yes, they were pleased, and indeed are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual benefits, then they are obligated to minister to Jews in material needs. (HCSB)

They were happy to do this, but it was also their duty. Seeing that they got in on all the spiritual gifts that flowed out of the Jerusalem community so generously, it is only right that they do what they can to relieve their poverty. (The Message)

They were pleased to do it, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual things, then they are indebted to serve them also in [tangible] material things. (Amplified Bible)

It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. (KJV)

How does the body of Christ function? Part 1

We see here that the Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians were coming together and helping one another.  They were happy to use their gifts to serve one another.  We can see this today in churches helping churches or communities helping other communities.  

Today and tomorrow we are going to briefly discuss the list of 12 roles of the body of Christ that are listed in How People Grow by Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend by using a quote from the book and a Bible verse.  

Connection:

“The clear teaching of the New Testament is that the Body of Christ is to be people deeply connected to each other, supporting each other and filling each other’s hearts.”

Colossians 2:18-19: They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us.

We need each other to help us conquer or sinful nature and we can see this by when people get help with their struggles that a support system helps them become strong.  God created us to be in connection with each other. 

Discipline and Structure:

“Self-discipline is always a fruit of “other-discipline”.  Some people get disciplined by other people early in life and then internalize it into their character; then they possess it themselves. Other people don’t get disciplined early in life, and they don’t ever have self-discipline until they get it from others and internalize it for themselves.”

Hebrews 12:11: They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us.

Having self control leads to freedom because you are no longer bound to the ways that were holding you back from becoming all God created you to be.  Small groups are one way that we can help discipline each other and give each other structure.

Accountability

“Accountability is not a cure for lack of self-control….When a problem surfaces, the role of an accountability group changes.  It is now a group not only to see how a person is doing, but also to see if the person is doing the others things he is supposed to be doing to solve his problem.”

Hebrews 10:24-25:Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Grace and Forgiveness

“By definition, grace is something we can’t give ourselves.  It comes from outside of us, as unmerited favor; we can’t do anything to obtain grace.  And as we see in this chapter, part of the “outside” God uses to dispense his grace is other people. As people use their gifts, they are “faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). God made us stewards over the administration of his grace.”

“Grace must be experienced to be known.  Many Christians have experience with the Body on Sunday morning in a pew, but not in a private setting where they can share the pain and the vulnerable places of their hearts.  Yet, this is where healing takes place.  Fellowship on Sunday or at a potluck or a Bible study is great, but fellowship with the depths of the heart is what heals.”

Support and Strengthening

Eph. 4:16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

“This Body of Christ heals itself just as a physical body does.  Each part has a function in that healing just as a physical body does. The antibodies against infection come in the form of discipline and structure as individuals who confront in love help the person stand against the “infections” of sin in her life. They put boundaries and limits up against the evil that has overtaken the person, either from within or from others. They help her stand”

“Others, with grace and love, bring healing anti-inflammatory agents to the wound.  They “mourn with those who mourn” (Rom. 12:15) and flush out the sickness. They bring teaching and truth to the wound and help it to rebuild stronger cellular structure through teaching gifts.  And on and on. The Body has a myriad of gifts, and as person is exposed to all the ingredients of growth in that Body, the infection is healed. This is the way God designed it.  This is Plan A.”

Mentoring the whole person

“Mentoring in our opinion, however, is best done within the context of the “church” for two reasons.  First, it makes the character issues, which drastically affect a person’s work life, grist for the mill, and, second, it helps to grate a person’s life by eliminating the all-too common split between work and spiritual life.  It is a good thing for a person to be mentored by someone who can see what is happening in his or her overall walk of faith and growth in Christ”

Proverbs 27:23:Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, 

We will continue the next six tomorrow.  I hope you are seeing (and me too) how important roles the body of Christ needs to play in our lives.  This has not been the case in mine but I pray that it will be in my future.

Lord, thank you for the body of Christ.  Thank you for teaching me all the ways that it makes us grow closer to you.  Amen!

Have a blessed day in the Lord!  Remember, Jesus loves you!

Cat

References

Matthew Henry Commentary

Strong’s Greek Hebrew Dictionary

www.biblegateway.com

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