Sunday Sermon Notes: May 6, 2018

Title: A Part, Many Parts and the Whole

Text: 1 Corinthians 12

  1. Introduction 12:1-3
  2. Many Gifts, One Spirit 12:4-6
  3. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (12:4-6)
  4. Many Manifestations of the Same Spirit 12:7-11
  5. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
  6. It takes many body parts to make one living body. 12:12-26

Using the human body as a metaphor, Paul describes how the manifestations of the Holy Spirit work together in His people to bring about a living organism; the Body of Christ.

  1. Every member of the Body of Christ is important, needed and inter-dependent. 12:27-31
  2. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

  1. Love is the ingredient that binds us all together in One Body. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (13:1-3)

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. (13:8-10)

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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