How does the body of Christ function? Part 2

Welcome to Wake up and Worship!!  

Today we are studying Romans 15:28, which says:

 As soon as I have delivered this money and completed this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain. (NLT)

So when I have finished this and safely delivered the funds[f] to them, I will visit you on the way to Spain. (HCSB)

As soon as I have done this—personally handed over this “fruit basket”—I’m off to Spain, with a stopover with you in Rome. (The Message)

Therefore, when I have finished this [mission] and have safely given to them what has been raised, I will go on by way of you to Spain. (Amplified Bible)

When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. (KJV)

How does the body of Christ function? Part 2

Today we are continuing our lesson on the Body of Christ.  I love in these verses above how Paul is talking to the Romans and explaining his travel plans.  He is so excited to see them and doesn’t spare them details on why it is taking him some time before he gets there.  He lets them know how important they are to him through his writing.  

The Body of Christ is so important to each of us as Christians and we continue the list from yesterday explaining some of the roles the body of Christ accomplishes to help us grow in Christ.  

These quotes and bible verses are taken from How People Grow by Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend. If you have not read this book, please do!!

Grieving

“When bad things happen in life, we have to work through them. Working through bad things is a little like digesting food. In life, we basically digest experience; we walk through it, take it in, use what is useful, and eliminate the waste”

“Through tragedy we learn about God’s faithfulness and how the love and support of others brings us through.  We learn that when bad things happen, we can get through them, and then we have hope for the next time.  We learn about untrustworthy people so we can avoid them next time.  This is what happens in a good divorce recovery program in a church, which is much better than someone going out on the rebound and getting into another bad relationship.”

“If people do not have a support system to attach to, they cannot grieve a good relationship that is lost or a bad one that they need to let go of.   People also need the feedback and observations of others to learn from an experience and to contain all of their distortions and emotions.  Feedback and containment, as we will see, are essential to the grief process.  As people grieve, they can get well.”

Eccl. 7:13 – Accept the way God does things, for who can straighten what he has made crooked?

Healing

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  

“We know from all the commandments in the New Testament that Christ’s body is supposed to be carrying out that work with him.”

“If hurts are deeply healed, people do not repeat these hurts in other relationships, nor do they try to medicate their wounds in sinful ways, such as with drugs, alcohol, gambling, illicit sex, or other lusts.  If the Body is there to be the medicine-the medicine that heals, not just dulls the pain-then the destructive cycle of sin is broken.:

Confronting, Containing Sin, Administering Truth

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently” (Gal. 6:1) 

“It is the role of the body to intervene and save people from the destruction they find themselves in.”

“But the key is how it is done. Remember, this is the Body of Christ.  The way Jesus would do it is, as the verse says, in a spirit of gentleness.  He, a high priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses (Heb. 4:15), was never judgmental or condemning toward those in need or in sin.  He gently restored them and never lorded it over them.  He said to the woman caught in adultery, “I do not condemn you, either.  Go.  From now on sin no more” (John 8:11) It it is truly an act of the Body, then it will be as if Jesus were there in the flesh, for that is what the Body is.  So, when you confront, make sure you are doing in his way, speaking the very words of God (1 Peter 4:11).

Modeling

“The new member explained that it was the first time she had ever seen anyone bring up a problem with someone else and not seen a nasty outcome. It had been different from both sides.  The way the first woman had brought up the problem was different than anything she has ever seen, and the way the second woman responded non defensively was just as different. THe new member also talked about feeling a strange sense of hope – hope that her own relationships in the future did not have to be the way they been in the past.  

All she had known was what she had seen, what had been modeled to her through the years.  We cannot do what we have never seen done.  We need models to show us how.”

1 Thess 1:6-7 – So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord. 7 As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.

1 John 2:6 – Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

Universality of Imperfection and Suffering

Cor 1:8 – We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters,[a] about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.

“Paul was honest about letting others see he too could hurt, despair of life, and not have it all together.  This is such a lost art in many Christian circles.  When people find out others struggle too, wonderful things happen.”

“While we all have different struggles, one thing is certain: We all struggle. And this is one of the best things that the Body can give to one another, the knowledge that we are not alone on our path of struggle.  No one is exempt.  Therefore no one needs to be ashamed for not having it all together.  Struggle is universal.”

Discipleship

1 Thess. 2:11-12-And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. 12 We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.

“In short, faith development becomes a relational process where personal development and faith intertwine in an organic way.”

“Take a look at disciple making in your life – whether as discipled or discipler-and ask yourself if it could have more of a role.  We encourage this as a function of the Body for everyone, in two directions.  One is to be “under” a spiritual mentor or director’s care and to be accountable to that process.   The other is to be offering that to someone else who is a little younger or less mature in the faith.  Both are important, and both are a developmental role that the Body would play in every life.”

Lord, thank you for teaching us what the Body of Christ looks like and the functions of the Body.  Help me to grow in my role for the Body of Christ.  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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