Worship Preparation: June 11, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Read the sermon text: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

Read the sermon summary: In our culture we tend to highly value individual achievement. We debate about who are the best entertainers, athletes, artists, or businesspeople. We are encouraged to make ourselves stand out among all the rest and our social media profiles reflect this. In these things, perhaps we are like the Corinthians. They prized their own individual expressions of spirituality above the needs of the church. But in this passage, Paul exhorts them to prize the opposite. After all, they weren’t the source and strength of their gifts. God was. And God gave them for a purpose, namely, so that they would be used for the common good and the glory of the Lord. Paul uses the image of a body to describe the church. The body needs each part and each part needs the body. If one part hurts the whole body suffers. If one part is honored the whole body rejoices. There is a spiritual interconnectedness among us who are in the church. This is because we have been baptized into Christ and we together, though we are many, form one body, the Body of Christ. In what ways are you tempted toward individualism and independence from the church? How might a person use her gifts for her own personal benefit rather than for the common good? How do these truths help us to think about church consumerism and church membership?

Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:

The Church's One Foundation (Aurelia)
The Church's one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord
She is His new creation
By water and the Word
From heav'n He came and sought her
To be His holy bride
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died

Elect from every nation
Yet one o'er all the earth
Her charter of salvation
One Lord one faith one birth
One holy name she blesses
Partakes one holy food
And to one hope she presses
With every grace endued

'Mid toil and tribulation
And tumult of her war
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore
Till with the vision glorious
Her longing eyes are blest
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won
O happy ones and holy
Lord give us grace that we
Like them the meek and lowly
On high may dwell with Thee

Though with a scornful wonder
Men see her sore oppressed
By schisms rent asunder
By heresies distressed
Yet saints their watch are keeping
Their cry goes up how long
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song

CCLI Song # 55377
Samuel John Stone | Samuel Sebastian Wesley
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Music Leader: Congregation

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