Pastor Timothy Dortch

Subject: “Unity In Diversity”

Primary Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

Sermon Notes/Nuggets

  1. We are one but we are many.
    • Verses 12-14
    • Paul uses the illustration of the human body to explain how we work as a community of believers.
    • Every cell in the human body is linked by a common root or DNA.
    • We are one by the Spirit.
  2. We are different but we are still included.
    • Verses 15-20
    • Psalm 139
    • We are a designer’s original.
    • Diversity does not disqualify a person from being a part of the body.
    • There are some people that are in Christ that do not feel as if they are a part of the body.
    • The same principle can be applied to those who want to exclude persons from being a part of the body. They do this because they don’t really appreciate their own part in the body.
    • It is possible to be one without being the same.
    • Diversity is not only necessary, but it is essential for the body to function effectively.
    • God is not so much concerned with how busy we are. He is more concerned with how effective we are.
    • We must move beyond being people pleasers.
    • Each part is serving the purpose of the one that designed it.
      • We can see the wisdom of the designer in the design itself.
      • Everybody has something, but nobody has everything.
  3. We are different but still important.
    • Verses 21-26 
    • If you are a part of the body of Christ, you are important to God and to the body.
    • Hidden and unglamorous parts … God knows how to bestow honor on them.
      • The time has come to favor Zion.
    • Schism = division.
    • The members should have the same care for one another.
    • The parts of the body work together.
    • The parts of the body just don’t serve themselves, they serve (feed and defend) the whole body.
    • We need to have a heart toward our fellow members.

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