The Body of Christ

Sun, Jun 13, 2021
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. - I Corinthians 12:25-26 (The Message) I’ve sometimes said that I keep my God in a box, defining him with the terms and understanding with which I’m comfortable and which therefore limits my God. I’ve probably done the same thing with the church. If you’re like me, when you think of church, you probably first think of Hope Church at 1661 Balch Road in Madison. If you’ve moved from one city to another, you probably have a better understanding of church being the body of believers and even understand some of the diversity in the body. If you’ve attended churches of different denominations, you may have an expanded understanding of how the denominations differ and opinions about what this means. This week we will look at the second sentence in the EFCA’s Statement of Faith on the Church: We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. Won't you please join us on Sunday at 10am, either in person or online, as we explore this statement. We’ll dig deeper into Ephesians 4:1-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 to better understand what this means.
Powered by: Preachitsuite