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The Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:1-50)

Duane Weaver, July 28, 2013
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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This morning, Duane asked the question, “Why do we do the things we do?” He led up to this question by talking a
bit about faith. Everybody has faith, even the devils do. The Bible says they tremble at the thought of God.
What happens when you squeeze an orange? Juice runs out. The juice running out is the effect of someone
squeezing it. Our faith produces our works, but doing good things does not give us brownie points. What we do on
our own strength does not make us acceptable to God. What does make us acceptable to God is his gift to us –
salvation. The book of James tells us that if our faith is not shown in our works, than our faith is not real faith – that
is why we do the things we do.
There is a concept that is key to Christian living, and that is the proper knowledge of the individual's relationship to
the body of Christ. What is the body concept? Duane went on to use 1 Corinthians 12 as a basis for the body concept.
All members are needed all the time. All members have a different job. So it is for the body of Christ.
If one part of the human body tries to take over, we call it cancer. Cancer kills. Even though, the body of Christ may
not always function as smoothly as the human body, we all need to strive to put the body concept to practice in our
lives.
--Vincent Troyer

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