Rev. Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel
Wednesday, August, 12
One Body, Many Parts
“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.” 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14
Please continue reading I Corinthians 12:12-30. Read the scripture then close your eyes and begin your meditation on what you’ve read. Please read the scripture again and then close your eyes and do your meditation again.
As we begin a new chapter at NAPC under the leadership of our new pastor, Shayne Wheeler this scripture is very important as we think about the body of Christ at NAPC as one body and many parts.
These are the ideas Paul wanted to convey in this letter to the Corinthian church:
First, he wanted them to recognize that each one of them is very important in the body of Christ.
Second, he wanted them to remember that teamwork is a necessary function of the body of Christ. It is essential to the ministry and mission of Christ.
The third thing he wanted them to understand is that ministry and mission is not a one-person show in the body Christ.
Lastly, he wanted them to humble themselves and confess that each part needs the other part within the body of Christ.
As we reflect on our NAPC situation we have three teams that must work together as one body in Christ united in prayer, in love, and filled by the Holy Spirit for our ministry and mission for one purpose, to make Jesus known in our local community and world.
The first team is the congregation. This is the largest team in the body of Christ. We elect our Elders and Deacons. We are the ones that call our pastor and our Associate pastors. We approve our budget when the Deacons, Elders ask to approve it each year. We support the ministry and mission of NAPC with our time, talent and treasure. The congregation in its entirety has more contact with the world through our families, friends, coworkers and community than the other two teams. Each member of the church needs to volunteer to serve in the ministry and mission of the church. Remember when you volunteer and use your gift, God will satisfy your spiritual need.
The Second Team is our Elected leaders we call all our elders: the session. They are our spiritual leaders. They are our governing body. The session works with both the staff and congregation to direct our ministry and mission. That means our teamwork is very important to everything we do in the body of Christ. Our elected Deacons are key in our team to support the staff, Session, and congregation.
The third team is our pastor, associate pastor, and staff that will help all of us get connected in the body of Christ to work as one team in our ministry and mission.
If you have time, continue reading the next chapter 13 about love. That is the power of the Christian faith based on the love of God in Jesus for every human being and creation.
Let us pray:
Loving and living God thank for our new pastor, we pray for him and his family as well as every member of the staff and their families.
We pray for our elders and their spiritual leadership.
We pray for our Deacons and their gift of service.
We pray for every member of NAPC.
Empower each one of us by the power of the Holy Spirit to work together as one team, help each one of us to invite one new person to our online worship service to hear and meet our new pastor.
In Jesus name we pray, amen.