January 20, 2019
First Presbyterian Church, Sterling IL
This text we consider today from 1 Corinthians is not new to most of us. These verses are used often in services of ordination and installation, and we study them together as a church seeking to live together in unity.
The Apostle Paul is writing to the church at Corinth, which he founded, and which had been torn apart by arguments and competing loyalties. He uses the metaphor of the body to illustrate to the church that we are interdependent, that we literally cannot live without each other.
In this body – the body of Christ – there are different parts, and every single part of the body is indispensable, every part is needed for the body to function. Each of us has gifts to exercise on behalf of the church, and each one of us is a part of the body of Christ. Let’s listen for God’s word to us in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of …