This week we had the topic of feeling comfortable in our Church. The following Scripture, to me, is how we should feel and if that is not happening for you then perhaps seek it in another Church.  We are all part of the Body Of Christ.

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1 Corinthians 12

Concerning Spiritual Gifts
 1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
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 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
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 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
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Unity and Diversity in the Body
 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 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. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
 15 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. 16 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. 17 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? 
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18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
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 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.



Love Is Indispensable
    And yet I will show you the most excellent way.

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Ephesians 3:6


6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

Sue Anderson

Comments (9)

On October 16, 2011 at 7:22 AM , watercolors said...

Sue what a great reminder of the Body of Christ and how we all fit together and the wonderful scripture.

Thanks for using my God Made Friends ACEO today.

 
On October 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM , Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Amen!

 
On October 16, 2011 at 1:34 PM , ZudaGay said...

Lovely post, Sue!

 
On October 16, 2011 at 1:48 PM , Sheila said...

I just finished ready a book about the Holy Spirit. I love many of these verses! Thank you Sue.

 
On October 16, 2011 at 4:50 PM , Angels and Everlastings said...

Great photos to go along with these great scriptures.

 
On October 16, 2011 at 10:45 PM , Donna (Twinmountainpottery) said...

Awesome post Sue! It is so true that we need to not only feel comfortable in our church family but also remember that we are all part of the body. Thank you for the Sunday Scripture.

 
On October 16, 2011 at 11:03 PM , pfd said...

Sue - Just has been reading in Romans and love these verses. The pics are beautiful!

 
On October 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM , Butler Pottery said...

Sue:

Thanks for posting this. A good reminder of why we go to church.

 
On October 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM , krafterskorner said...

Great post! I do think we all need a church where we feel comfortable and have friends. That is part of being the body of Christ.