"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 one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and all were made to drink from one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many." 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14
"But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body." 1 Corinthians 12: 18-20
Paul is talking about the need for unity in the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 11 - he discusses that the church was not united, and even came to the communion, with wrong motives, divisions, and fighting. In 1 Corinthians 12 - Paul was talking about the gifts and they were competing with one another in the church. The purpose of the gifts is to benefit the church. So Paul begins to write to the them about the importance of being a healthy, functioning church and he compares it to the physical body.
When we are born again we are brought into a family, the family of God. Christianity is a family thing. We are saved and become a part of the body of Christ. It does not matter where we came from, it does not matter what our nationality is. It does not matter what our position in life is when we came to Christ. It does not matter what our background is like. When Jesus saves us we become a part of the family of God, the church.
God gave us the church, with all of its flaws, messes, mistakes, failures, but we must believe in the church, and find our place in a local church. The body does not consist of one members but of many, and we need all the parts of the body to function or we become sick, weak and eventually we will die.
God has arranged the parts of the body, each one of them as He has chosen for us to be. In the body every part has a different function or purpose but every part is needed to keep the body functioning and healthy. In the church, we function on certain parts as the most important, but just like the body. Every part is needed if the body is going to be healthy.
In the church every part is needed to do its part for the church to be healthy. In the church today we feel that certain ministries are the most important, but many times the most important parts are the ones that you do not see. In the body, we do not see the heart, liver, kidneys, blood and if these are not functioning the body will get sick and die. In the church it is the same way!
Over these last 7 months, I am thankful that the church is still functioning, and that if it was not for people ministering behind the scenes then we would make it through this.
I am thankful for our prayer team, who has been praying daily for the needs of ICC.
I am thankful for our Media Department, and all the hours in video, editing and doing everything they have to do to minister on social media.
I am thankful for our Custodian and Housekeeping teams, for their diligence in cleaning and keeping us safe and healthy in this pandemic.
I am thankful for our ushers, greeters, security that are here for many services and are jumping in and helping out in cleaning between services.
I am thankful for our Church Council that has met many times during these seven months to deal with many issues connected with the operating of ICC during days of challenges.
I am thankful for our pastors, business department, and administration department for all that they do behind the scenes to keep ICC functioning.
And I am so thankful for the ICC family, and that God has blessed us with many servants who are willing to do whatever it takes to see Jesus be glorified and to continue to "Reach the City and Touch the World for Jesus."
My prayer is that in this world of division, that the Church will be One and spiritual healthy doing what God has called us to do!
I am thankful for our ICC family!