Formations lesson for July 21- Working Together
June 28 2002 by Haven Parrott , 1 Corinthians 3:1-11; 1 Peter 4:7b-11

Formations lesson for July 21: Working Together | Friday, June 28, 2002

Friday, June 28, 2002

Formations lesson for July 21: Working Together

By Haven Parrott 1 Corinthians 3:1-11; 1 Peter 4:7b-11

Those of us who live mostly in the cocoon of a local church culture don't often get an opportunity to see the body of Christ at work in the world. We're just too close.

Good stewards of the manifold grace of God Thanks to some folks at Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, I got a glimpse of what an incredibly glorious witness of her "groom the bride" is when her members employ their individual gifts in service to one another - as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Watts Street is where my brother goes to church. I've never worshiped there but I can testify that there are folks in that community of faith who know how to do church.

My brother's wife died of cancer last year. She suffered awfully and struggled gallantly before winning the ultimate victory.

During that struggle, the body of Christ cooked, cleaned, taxied, babysat, gave cash, encouraged, wept, sang, prayed, visited and continuously ministered to my brother and his family in such a tremendously generous way that the nurses and neighbors wondered aloud, "Who are those people?"

I'm not sure if the name of the church was ever mentioned but I know the name and nature of her founder was proclaimed loud and clear ... and sometimes even with words.

Those folks will never know the reach of their unified ministry or the depth of a little sister's gratitude.

We are God's fellow workers Sometimes we need to be reminded that the world tends to give more thought to the church's message when her members work less at finding fault and more at showing the love which covers a multitude of sins. We have differences within our denomination, to be sure ... but shouldn't those differences serve to clue us in to how much we need one another rather than drive us to dissension?

While kneecaps and shoulder blades have different perspectives and functions, both belong to the same body, over whom only the head is Lord.

The church is God's building The Spirit inspired Paul to call the church "God's building" (1 Cor. 3:9). The building's architect is God, its blueprint and foundation is Christ, and its interior designer, decorator, landscaper and labor supervisor is the Spirit. Construction began at Pentecost and will continue until the rapture.

Folks, that's a big building. There's plenty of room in Christ for different verses of the same song; different scraps of the same quilt; different shades of the same color; different textures in the same collage.

Our job as builders is not to supervise the work of other laborers, but to make sure we do the job we've been assigned and gifted to perform in such a way that the giver, not the gift-bearer, is honored and showcased.

Paul reminded the Corinthians that jealousy and squabbling are hallmarks of spiritual immaturity. Jesus said the unity of believers would be how the world would know that God loves them (John. 17:23).

If we want others to come into our Father's house, we'd do well to focus on being hospitable without complaint to those who already live there, "so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 4:11).

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