Where do you fit in the Body of Christ

This message is presented by Amos Johnson Jr, PhD. He is the CEO & Pastor of Church for Entrepreneurs. God has given him a calling to help Christian Entrepreneurs succeed at their calling. He believes a fulfilled life comes from clearly knowing what God has called you to do and doing it.

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Message summary & scripture references

Everyone has a place in the Body of Christ. However, to know where you fit, you need to understand how the Body of Christ functions. In today’s message, I present a parable (analogy) that paints a picture of the Body of Christ to help you see how it works.

Ephesians 4:11-16 KJV

[11] And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
[12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
[13] Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
[14] That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
[15] But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
[16] From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 NLV

[12] Our own body has many parts. When all these many parts are put together, they are only one body. The body of Christ is like this.
[13] It is the same way with us. Jews or those who are not Jews, men who are owned by someone or men who are free to do what they want to do, have all been baptized into the one body by the same Holy Spirit. We have all received the one Spirit.
[14] The body is not one part, but many parts.
[15] If the foot should say, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that would not stop it from being a part of the body.
[16] If the ear should say, “I am not a part of the body because I am not an eye,” that would not stop it from being a part of the body.
[17] If the whole body were an eye how would it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how would it smell?
[18] But God has put all the parts into the body just as He wants to have them.
[19] If all the parts were the same, it could not be a body.
[20] But now there are many parts, but one body.
[21] The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you.” Or the head cannot say to the feet, “I do not need you.”
[22] Some of the parts we think are weak and not important are very important.
[23] We take good care of and cover with clothes the parts of the body that look less important. The parts which do not look beautiful have an important work to do.
[24] The parts that can be seen do not need as much care. God has made the body so more care is given to the parts that need it most.
[25] This is so the body will not be divided into parts. All the parts care for each other.
[26] If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it. If one part is given special care, the other parts are happy.
[27] You are all a part of the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:28 KJV

[28] And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

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