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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).

Cousin Craziness

Heaven Relationships Church/Body of Christ

Source: Wikipedia

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Matthew 12:49

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

According to Wikipedia, 

The ordinals in the terms "first cousins," "second cousins," "third cousins," refer to the number of generations to one's closest common ancestor. The number of "G" words used to describe this ancestor will determine how close the relationship is. For example, having "great-great-grandparents" in common would be third cousins.

When the cousins are not the same generation, they are described as "removed." In this case, the smaller number of generations to the common ancestor is used to determine the degree, and the difference in generations determines the number of times removed. 

The article goes on to list and explain a host of other types of cousins. There are double-cousins, half-cousins, step-cousins, cousins-in-law, and maternal versus paternal cousins. Needless to say, it can get rather complicated.  

APPLICATION

Things are greatly simplified in Heaven. There everyone will be your brother or your sister in Christ. Our earthly relations will pale in significance when compared to our common spiritual ancestry in Christ. 

"He replied to him, 'Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?' Pointing to his disciples, he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers' " (Matthew 12:48-49). 

Letting Go Of Your Expectations

Expectations Church/Body of Christ God's Sovereignty

Contributed By: Janet Malone | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: Romans 8:28

Author: Janet Malone
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Individualism Depreciates the Church

Self-absorbed Church/Body of Christ Individuality (Uniqueness)

Contributed By: Shawn Nichols | Date Posted: 2016-04-27

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Acts 2:42

Author: Shawn Nichols
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The Colonel's Not So Secret Disappointment

Church/Body of Christ Justification (Positional) Worldliness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-06

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25 ; Ephesians 4:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Rent-A-Mom

Motherhood Church/Body of Christ Fellowship

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-11-15

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Ephesians 2:19

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Off With His Head

Church/Body of Christ Followership Obedience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-10

Author: Class of ID14 THWX A.Y. / Illustration Exchange
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The Church Is The People

Unity Church/Body of Christ Submission

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-09

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:16

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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