Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ (1 Corinthians 12:4-12, NIV).
This week at The Well Church of Lewisville, we are beginning a study on the unity and diversity of the body of Christ. I encourage you to join us this Sunday at 6pm if you can. We are holding service at my home, which is located at 813 Tablerock Way, Lewisville, TX 75077.
Some believe that the gifts of the Spirit ended with the Apostles. I am one who does not agree with this theology. First of all, I have experienced the supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit, and secondly, I do not believe scripture supports this theory. The gifts of the Spirit are a necessity for the church to function the way in which God planned. Too often, we put much of the burden on the pastor. Every person in the body of Christ has a function and a purpose, including the pastor, but not exclusively the pastor. This is one of the main goals of The Well, to bring unity amongst the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul makes it very clear that not any one person has been given all of the gifts.
“so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” (Romans 12:5-6).
The gifts of the Spirit are given so that the church can function in unity. Paul compares the church to the body, which is a living, breathing organism, made up of many parts, which function together in unity. God gives His spiritual gifts to each of us uniquely, so that collectively, the church brings edification, healing, encouragement and power to each other and to the to the lost world. When one person ventures out solo, he is not fully equipped to do the work of the church.
As you head off to church this Sunday, remember that God did not call you to simply sit in the pew and consume from the pastor. He called you to get out of the pew, use the gifts He has graciously given you, and to be part of the living body of Christ. In doing so, you will be a blessing to the church by edifying, strengthening and encouraging others. You are a vital part to the body of Christ. May you boldly glorify God through the purpose in which He has ordained you and grafted you into the body of Christ Jesus!
Be blessed in all you do!
Your brother in Christ,
The Well Church Of Lewisville