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Working Together

Unity Spiritual Gifts Influence

Source: Ministry Toolbox, Sept 5, 2001

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2021-10-28

Scripture: Matthew 18:20 ; 1 Corinthians 12:12

Author: Vance Havner/Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Snowflakes are frail, but if enough of them stick together, they can stop traffic.

APPLICATION

Likewise, by God's design, the lone Christian has little impact on the world.  But when two or three are gathered together, that's when Christ's presence is felt (Matthew 18:20).  When the diverse gifts of the individual members of a local church begin operating cooperatively, that's when impactful ministry takes place (1Corinthians 12:12).  

"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many" (1 Corinthians 12:12-14).

Lost Border Collie Found Herding Sheep

Spiritual Gifts Purpose Calling

Source: KHQ

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Contributed By: Adam Tisdale | Date Posted: 2021-10-18

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:14

Author: KHQ News
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ILLUSTRATION

Tilly, the 2-year-old Border Collie who was ejected from a car Sunday during a crash, has been found.

He was found on a sheep farm, where he had apparently taken up the role of sheep herder. 

According to Tilly's owner, he has lost some weight since Sunday's crash and is now drinking lots of water but is otherwise healthy. 

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

RATHDRUM, Idaho -

The Idaho State Police (ISP) is investigating after a crash blocked SH-41 and Hayden Avenue on Sunday afternoon. 

ISP said they are looking for people who witnessed the incident. 

The crash happened when a GMC Yukon towing a white horse trailer attempted to turn south onto SH-41 when a Buick struck the GMC. 

The driver of the Buick, a man from Spirit Lake, was transported to a nearby hospital and was treated and released. No one else was injured.

During the crash, a dog was ejected from the rear of the GMC and is still missing. 

ISP said the dog is a 2-year-old Border Collie Heeler mix that goes by the name "Tilly". Tilly has no tail, a dark-colored face, weighs approximately 70 pounds, and was wearing a multi-colored plaid and tan-colored collar with a name tag containing the owner's contact information.

Tilly was last seen running northwest from the crash scene through the field. 

APPLICATION

No one should be surprised that a Border Collie would be found herding sheep. Some things you are just born to do!  

Maybe Tilly didn’t even realize what was in him until he saw that first sheep and instinct kicked in.  "Finally!"  He said. 

What were you born again to do?

"Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you" (1 Timothy 4:14). 

The Importance of Every Member of the Church

Spiritual Gifts Holy Spirit Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Joe Chebat | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12 ; Romans 12:4

Author: Joe Chebat
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ILLUSTRATION

Have you ever experienced the performance of a world-class symphony? I don't mean listening to music through tiny white earbuds, or even your fancy home theater system.  That would be listening to the music. I'm talking about experiencing it!

There is a major difference between listening to a recording of Mozart and experiencing it live at the symphony hall. The notes may be the same, but our awareness of the conductor and each of the members of the orchestra, and the distinct movements and sounds of various instruments is completely lost when we only hear a recording of the sounds. There is something about seeing the music created before our eyes that results in a sense of wonder and exhilaration. Rather than thinking of the music as a technically satisfying product, we experience it as a profoundly incredible work of art.

I took my wife to the Pacific Symphony for a Christmas concert last year. Famous songs I had heard hundreds of times before came to life as I watched the 50-piece orchestra create the melodic sounds of Silent Night and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. It was amazing to pan across the stage and see each of these unique and gifted musicians, playing individual notes on their instruments that resulted in this incredible symphony of sounds that filled the concert hall.

When they did Sleigh Ride and they got to the second verse where you hear the “Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up let’s go. Let’s look at the show. We’re riding in a wonderland of snow.” I noticed the percussionist using two wooden blocks to make the clop, clop sound of horses running that you hear in the background of the song. I wouldn’t have even noticed this guy hidden way in the back with his wooden blocks in hand, except that he was featured on the giant video screen in the hall as the camera zoomed in on him making his clop, clop sound.  I had never realized how important this little additional sound in the background was to enhancing the rich texture of the melody and the life-like experience of the song.

APPLICATION

I thought about this as I was reading Paul’s description of different parts of the body this week. The percussionist was not in a prominent position. He didn’t play the violin in the 1st chair right next to the conductor. He was tucked in the back, relegated to slapping two wood blocks together. Yet without him adding his unique sound to the mix, the music would have been incomplete.

Similarly, understanding how spiritual gifts work melodically in a church body takes more than just listening to the harmony the members make when tuned in to their gifts. It takes seeing each member of the church as an essential individual instrument, vital to the whole body.  And it takes an appreciation for the work of the Great Conductor, the Holy Spirit - who gifts and guides each individual and the body according to His will and according to His purpose: the building up of the body of Christ.

The Spider (Delivery) Man

Church/Body of Christ Spiritual Gifts Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-02

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Ephesians 4:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Don't Rock The Boat

Spiritual Gifts Divisiveness Followership

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2018-01-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:7

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
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The Man Who Is Willing To Serve Unnoticed

Calling Spiritual Gifts Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-26

Scripture: Matthew 23:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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iPhone Solves All Of Your Problems

Servanthood Spiritual Gifts Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-07

Scripture: Matthew 20:28

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Knot A Problem!

Relationships Counseling Spiritual Gifts

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Putting On The Batman Suit

Spiritual Gifts Ministry Faithfulness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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NASA'S Official Sniffer Snifs Out Danger In Space

Spiritual Gifts Church Health/Growth Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-19

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:14

Author: NASA / Illustration Exchange
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