July 2018  
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Seeking to Fit In

Our goal in this series of messages is to be stimulated into fulfilling our God ordained purpose and experience fullness of joy in Christ.

I Corinthians 12:1, 4-7, 12-18

How does the believer discover and develop his gifts? By fellowshipping with other Christians in the local assembly. Gifts are not toys to play with. They are tools to build with. And if they are not used in love, they become weapons to fight with, which is what happened in the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 12-14). Christians are not to live in isolation, for after all, they are members of the same body. (Warren Weirbe)

  1. We are a spiritual body.
    1. Jesus Christ’s Spirit is in each one of us.
      1. “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.” (12:4)
      2. “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit” (12:7)
      3. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body… and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
  2. We have the same purpose.
    1. To build each other up
      1. Ephesians 4:16 - being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
        1. So what happens if you do not fulfill your calling?
    2. To manifest Christ within us
      1. His character
      2. His power
      3. His message (The Gospel)
  3. We each have a different role to play in the body.
    1. 4Now there are varieties of gifts” (12:4a)
    2. “And there are varieties of ministries” (12:5)
    3. Are you a foot, eye, nose?
    4. When each part fulfills its calling the body can be affective.
  4. App
    1. Examine why you come to church. What are your motives?
      1. I wanna raise the kids in church. Why?
    2. Do you realize now that you were not given the Spirit of Christ to be a consumer?
    3. Do you grasp that you have been given all you need to be successful as a servant for Christ?
    4. Will you commit to seeking understanding and serving Christ body?
    5. Do you want to see the world reached for Christ?