Some Assembly Required
January 7, 14, 21, 28
We often set new year’s resolutions that are more about what others say we should do and less about who we are. But what if our goals were based on the people God created us to be? What if we stopped comparing ourselves to others and started focusing on the unique person we are? What if we stopped trying to be “well rounded”, stopped trying to compete, stopped feeling guilty for not being ears that can also taste, and started to allow the Holy Spirit to assemble us in Christ?
January 7 - United
As Paul begins his discussion of the “body of Christ,” he reminds us of the big picture. Baptism. Spirit. Spiritual thirst quenched by the gospel. What the Church has in common is exponentially bigger than our differences. He does the same in Ephesians 4, repeating the unity we have in Jesus—one Lord, one faith, one hope, on God. Therefore, before we talk about our uniqueness, we celebrate our unity in Jesus, no matter what our diverse wiring, quirks, or personality.
January 14 - Unique
Scripture and experience teach us that people are different. Like different parts of the body, God intentionally decided to make you different from everyone else. That truth has the potential to make us better and stronger…or, if we ignore it, to make us frustrated at everyone who is not our mirror image.
January 21 - You Belong
Feeling “less than” is one of the Devil’s best tricks. We notice what we’re not, what we can’t do, what’s uncomfortable, what’s out of our skill set. But Paul saves us from envy and discouragement by reminding us all that God didn’t design every part of the body to do everything. By his design you can’t do that. Let go of the guilt. Give up the competition. Embrace your importance in his grand design.
January 28 - Needy You
Some parts of the body are obviously important. Eyes and ears and arms and legs get lots of attention while other parts are ignored for years. But Paul saves the Church from arrogance and division by reminding those with obvious gifts of how much they need the less noticeable parts. Small parts of the brain help control those arms. Unseen mechanisms allow those beautiful eyes to see. This sermon is meant to raise awareness and appreciation as well as save our church from spiritual pride.
February 4 - Glued By Love
Paul’s famous words about love come not in the context of a wedding celebration, but in the context of a church family who did not appreciate their God-given differences. This message pushes God’s diverse people towards humility, appreciation, and love, the glue that holds the Body of Christ together.