Key Text: 1 Corinthians 12:27
1. Know: That being part of a church community comes with responsibility.
2. Feel: A sense of belonging and privilege within the church body.
3. Do: All you can to maintain unity in Christ within your church.
I. Community of Responsibility (1 Peter 2:9-10)
A. Throughout the Bible God has had a chosen people. In the Old Testament, it was the Israelites. In the New Testament, it was the early church. Today, we are God’s chosen people. And we have the responsibility of being good stewards of God’s church. How are we living up to that responsibility?
II. Community of Christ (Ephesians 4:16)
A. This verse, as well as our memory text, calls the church the body of Christ. Each part of the body has its purpose. Where do you fit in the body of Christ? How can you do your part in spreading the word?
III. Community of Unity (Ephesians 4:3-6,11-13)
A. The primary unifying element in the church is Jesus Christ. However, unity thrives on support and encouragement of one another; a church with a relationship schism is doomed. What can you do to promote unity within your local church?
As members of the body of Christ we have the privilege of serving Him as a church family. We must strive remember our purpose and maintain true unity in Christ.