Body

Body of Christ
AKA unity in diversity

While the concept of “the body of Christ” is mentioned multiple times in The New Testament, it’s the passage in 1st Corinthians 12 that’s the most famous and detailed. This rather poetic model for church is quite lofty and requires true spiritual maturity to implement. Admittedly, I see more failures in the model, than successes. Which is precisely why I teach on it so much, and highlight it here now. The church has no future without it.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. – Verses 12-14

Jesus' hand with a person as each finger
Hand of God, colored pencil

“Nobody can be all that Jesus was, but together we can.”

 

a person's hand trying to fly away
Ex-patriot, colored pencil

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. -Verses 15 & 16

We see this example playing out more and more these days. People are leaving the church in droves, not because their beliefs have changed, but because one size fits all churches have hurt and alienated them.

 

One body with many feet
Five foot zero, colored pencil

 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?  -Verse 17

“Unity through uniformity is comfortable, but inefficient.”