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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

Source: "Woman Orders Delivery So Driver Can Kill a Spider For Her" posted by RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter

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

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Ephesians 4:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

When Demi Sweeney, a college student in England, was confronted by a spider on the wall of her apartment, she didn't know what to do. Terrified of the creature, there was no one nearby to help. That's when a friend on the phone suggested she call and order food delivery, in the hopes the driver would be willing to kill the offending arachnoid. She received the following message from the food delivery company she contacted:

"You can most certainly request this in the 'delivery note' section when placing your order,"... (adding a spider emoji for extra emphasis). The only thing is, our rider may be more afraid of spiders [sic] than you are..." 

When the delivery driver appeared at her door 20 minutes later with her order of KFC, she begged, "Please, you have to help me – I only ordered food for your help." 

After directing Joe, the delivery guy, to the problem, he climbed on a chair and caught the spider and flushed it down the toilet. 

“I can’t believe the plan actually worked,” Sweeney wrote. “I thanked him so many times, I literally could have hugged him. He’s a hero.”

APPLICATION

Most people are willing to help others when given the opportunity.  The problem can be making sure those people are in our lives to begin with, so they’re there when we need them.  This is one of the important roles of the local church.  As our lives are allowed to overlap in fellowship with one another, we are already there to help and encourage each other as needs arise.  

No need to call the delivery man!

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, NLT).

“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:16, NLT).

Don't Rock The Boat

Spiritual Gifts Divisiveness Followership

Source: The Final Cartwheel, By Lawrence Winkler, p. 18

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

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:7

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
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ILLUSTRATION

 "Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat."

[Jean-Paul Charles Sartre (1905–1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and political activist. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature but declined the honor because he did not want to take sides in the cultural struggle between the East and the West.]

APPLICATION

"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good" (1 Corinthians 12:7).  

God has distributed spiritual capacities to the individual members of the body of Christ so that as each one fulfills their purpose, the Church is edified.  Unfortunately, the Corinthians suffered from gift envy.  Rather than being content with the role God had equipped them to play, they lusted after the "greater gifts," the showy gifts, the up-front gifts.  

By placing a premium on certain gifts, they had allowed their pride to divert their attention from the call of God. Instead of positively contributing to the common good, their actions resulted in disharmony and division.  They had stopped rowing and started rocking.  

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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NASA's Official Odor Sniffer Makes Space Flight Safer

Spiritual Gifts Church Health/Growth Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-11

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:14

Author: NASA / Illustration Exchange
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And the Award for Best Supporting Actor Goes To

Spiritual Gifts Servanthood Humility

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

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:17

Author: Unknown / Illustration Exchange
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