Archive for June, 2011

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Jun
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One Body is Every… “One”

“This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.  All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (NLT)

We value every “one” – We never lose the significance of “one.” One more person in Heaven. One more person healed. One more life renewed. One is always greater than none. – From “The Point” of Lifepoint Church

The Body of Christ, as describes The Church finds its origins with the Apostle Paul’s letters to the Church in Corinth.  Specifically, we find in the 12th chapter of his first letter, that he compares the Church to the human body and its various parts that make up the whole.  In context, we see that the Apostle explains how each member is given certain Spiritual gifts to be used “so we can help each other.”  Being gifted as individuals means that every individual is important to the well-being of the entire body.  Within this concept is revealed the idea of harmony within the Body of Christ.  If you’ve ever heard a band or an orchestra where one instrument is not tuned with the rest, you know that the one out of tune distracts from beauty of the music and the result is unpleasant to hear.  The same is true when one part of the human body is not working in harmony with the rest.  If you don’t think that’s true just wait until the next time you get a severe toothache!  On any given day, we may not be aware that that particular tooth is even there, but if it goes rotten with a cavity…OUCH!

At Lifepoint Church our Purpose Statement, “Love God.  Love Others. Serve the World.” describes what we doThe Point describes who we are.  Point number 4 of The Point says that we are a church that values every “ONE.”  Another way of stating that might be, “Every ‘ONE’ is valuable!”  Perhaps as we see the church in terms of the Body, you might be tempted to think of yourself as one of the more perceived insignificant parts.  But, what is important for each of to see is that without each part, no matter how seemingly insignificant, the Body is not complete and whole!  You may think of yourself as a toe-nail on the little toe of one foot, but without you, the Body is not whole!  You are necessary!  You are valuable!

At Lifepoint, we are turning our attention to concentrating more intentionally on how to compassionately care for the entire Body.  As God continually grows Lifepoint, it is essential that we do all that He has enabled us to do to make sure that growing Body is healthy.  As we do, it is also essential to understand that every “One” is important to be cared for, and that every “One” is important to providing that care!  If you think you’re not significant to this task, let me give you some incentive.  Can you cook a meal?  We have a Meals Team that needs you!  Can you write a resume…manage a budget?  We have a Benevolence Team that needs you!  Have you ever made it through times of sorrow in the loss of a loved one?  We have a Bereavement Team that needs you!  Is your marriage strong today because God brought you through a time when it wasn’t and was almost destroyed?  We have a Counseling Team that needs you!  Do you pray?  We have Prayer Teams that certainly need you!  In fact, if you can imagine a need that the church may ever be required to meet, it very well may be that the Holy Spirit is prompting you…calling you to use that imagining, and your particular gifts to care for the Body in the same manner that you yourself would want to be cared for.  At Lifepoint Church, “We value every “One.”  And you are “One!” 

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