The Body of Christ: A Look at the Church at Work in the World
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…”
– 1 Corinthians 12:12–13
What if the church could be a community where people saw a preview of life lived with God for all eternity? What if the justice and the love that Jesus spoke so boldly about was on display in the world through the gathering of his disciples as the church?
How might the world respond?
Many people today are wondering about the church. Not any one church in particular, but the entire notion of church. Is it something needed today? Or is it an outdated organization that could be done away with in order to the allow people to relate to God without the church’s historic baggage or hinderances.
The New Testament seems convinced that the church is an important part of God’s plan. One of the primary metaphors used to understand the church is the body of Christ. During the month of January, we will be exploring this metaphor as we study the book of Ephesians. We’ll seek to answer questions like:
- What is the church?
- What should the church look like?
- How should the church be organized?
- How does the church operate?
This series will help us to understand God’s role for the church in the world, and our own roles as Jesus’ disciples in his church. We are planning to couple it with some practical assessment and training opportunities in February, as this will shape our ministry going forward as a congregation. Most importantly, this series is meant to help people imagine what the church could be, if we were faithful in following Jesus and submitting our lives to his call on us as his people.