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Steve Zeisler - July 15, 2012

All in This Together

In this passage the body of Christ is not bread but a community of believers. all are joined together and each is essential. There are two serious errors to be avoided - discounting oneself ("because I am not...") and discounting others ("I have no need of you").

Scripture References: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

From Series: "Body. Life."

This sermon series picks up where we left off in February 2012 in the series "Moving on to Maturity" - in the middle of chapter six of 1 Corinthians. As we move selectively through the remaining ten chapters of the letter, we will use Paul's discussion of 'body' (Greek, soma) in its various meanings to choose passages for study. First, we'll consider the use of the word 'soma' to describe our ordinary human body (especially its sexual capacity), "the body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord." Further on, 'soma' signifies the bread of the communion table, "this is my body which is for you." and shortly after, the apostle declares of the church community, "you are the body of Christ." Finally in chapter 15 we read, "the body...is raised imperishable." These texts offer direct instruction and suggest wonderful implications. We should choose obedience and embrace opportunity. 'The Lord is for the body'. Let's not miss out.

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