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1 Corinthians Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a member of it.
Gatherings are regularly hosted to provide more information about membership. Click the link below to find out upcoming membership class dates at each of our campuses. The most important characteristic of all members of Christ Community is a whole-hearted confession that Jesus Christ is both Lord and Savior of all. This confession will express itself in our membership through six core commitments:. We commit to gather together as a family of believers on a frequent and regular basis. These gatherings include regular attendance on Sunday morning to worship Jesus Christ, to sit under the authority of Scripture, and to encourage and exhort one another in our faith.
Our commitment to gather also includes regular times throughout the week to meet with a small group of people with whom you can journey through life together see Acts and Hebrews We commit to deepen in our understanding and application of the gospel. We always rejoice in the relationship we have with God through Jesus, but are never content to stop deepening it see James and Philippians We commit to invite others to have an encounter with Jesus.
For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's. You belong to him.
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You are in him. There is a union by faith so that all that he is, he is for you. It is simply breathtaking. Oh, that God would help us believe it with all our hearts. And the only thing—and it is a huge and wonderful thing—to be added from Romans is that we experience all of this together in one body. Justified together.
Forgiven together. Created anew together. Every need met together. Loved by God together. Perfected together. Living forever together—and all of this glorious unity created in Christ and for the glory of Christ.
Oh, let us never trivialize the church! It cost God the life of his Son to create this. And what you share with the persons sitting near you in Christ is a life and an inheritance and a union so great and so profound that it surpasses the value of all other human relationships and all inheritances and can never end. So one might say: There is no effort here to emphasize the value of individuality, but the contrary, to say that the body is all that counts. Then he spells out different gifts in verses So it would not be fair to say that Paul is trying to minimize our individuality and only emphasize the corporate reality of the body.
Would it not be better to say it this way: Paul is saying that our true individuality is found—discovered, experienced—in relationship to the body of Christ. One by one. You are part of me. I am like your eye or your ear or your hand or your foot. And you are like my eye or my ear or my hand or my foot. Each individual, Paul says, is part of the other individuals in the body.
I am a part of you. Which means that my individuality—my individual identity, as God has created me to be—cannot be known except in serving you as I rely upon Christ. And yours cannot be known except in serving others in reliance on Christ.
They serve. Paul values individuality so highly that he does not fail to tell us how our true individual selves can be known, namely, by living in relationship others and by serving and being served in the body of Christ. And then from that position and identity as we will see later in the chapter we express our individual identity with Christ in relation to the world.
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Love other people with all your heart in reliance on Christ and you will discover who you are. So, the first point was that the unity of the body of Christ is created in Jesus Christ. And the second point was that individuality is valued in Christ—indeed, discovered in the body of Christ. We saw this last time, and so I will only point it out and close with two applications. You may not think so.
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