Great Commission Summit
ONE BODY – MANY PARTS
Our bodies are amazing. Every part depending on the other parts. Remove a toe and you have to relearn your balance, your foundation. A toothache has the power to be felt in other parts of the body. Every part has a role to play, no part can go it alone. All of these parts must work together so the body can perform as One.
This oneness exists at the intersection of our love for God and our love for each other. It is the intersection of the vertical axis and the horizontal axis.
Unity is cross shaped.
That is the preeminent image of a God-entrusted life. That’s where we find our oneness. That’s what we show the world.
Each time we live with a God-entrusted understanding of ourselves boundaries soften, divisions are not as deep, and relationships reconcile. Each time we take a step toward a God-entrusted understanding of ourselves and let go of a self-entrusted life we move towards oneness.
Sometimes members of the church have a hard time becoming part of the body. By nature we resist being dependent on others or having others depend on us.
But Paul states clearly that just as "the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don't need you!'" neither can anyone in the body of Christ say that to a fellow church member.
God has equipped each individual member with gifts and talents for the building up of the body. The church and its members are one in Christ.
As members of the church, we are called to serve Christ, each other, and the world around us.
This is the Great Commission Summit 19.
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