As part of the body of Christ, we use our gifts in every aspect of life, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We shape activities around opportunities, gifts and passions of our members.
Leadership is not about control, but about setting a vision by modelling and teaching the gospel, so creating a culture in which everyone flourishes in ministry.
Jesus Christ does not live on this planet in a human body anymore. Or does he?
It's clearly true that he is not walking around Palestine as he did 2000 years ago, in the body he had then. But the bible speaks of another body now, which he inhabits and through which he touches the world... the body of Christ - his people!
As his Spirit lives in his people, he shapes and leads them so that we are his ambassadors in his world. We love people, and serve people, and we do it together.
The body idea is a brilliant one, which explains just how we are all different, and yet we work together to fulfil Christ's work:
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 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. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12 v 12-27
So... we each have different gifts and different roles.
- None of us have everything
- We need each other
- It is as we work together in our church family, that Christ's work is done.
We drew a big body outline, and named many different body parts. Then we named many different body gifts. When we think about activities that we do with our bodies, whether running down the street, eating a meal, or whatever, many different parts of the body need to be at work to make it happen. Likewise for God's people.
If God has a plan for what he wants us to be doing in the community, it is going to follow that he will have gifted us and planted a passion for it among us. And so as leaders, we seek to lead and shape people so that they are able to use their gifts to serve, together.
We serve together.
Lord God, we are your people, we are the body of Christ, and you put each one of us where you want us to be. Please shape us and use us to serve and work for you just how you want.