Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12; Eph. 4:15-16
The goal of the church is to grow up in every way into the likeness of Christ. But the church will never reach this goal unless “each part is working properly”. This doesn’t mean that we all have to function in the same way, but it does mean that we have a responsibility greater than just ourselves. If you are not active in church, you are hurting your brothers and sisters and the body of Christ suffers.
God made you exactly who you are, and His Holy Spirit has empowered you with unique gifts and talents. Using those talents and gifts to help people be transformed by the power of God is what discipleship is all about. We have a part to play in God’s plan of restoring all things anew.
We have a responsibility to challenge one another, to love one another, and to serve one another in a variety of ways. When every member takes this seriously, it makes for a healthy church. When the church functions in this way, as God intended, then it becomes a place of healing, a picture of how God wants humanity to live.