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Gifted for Gratitude: Differences DO NOT Necessitate Division

Gifted for Gratitude: Differences DO NOT Necessitate Division

Thinker or feeler, slow or fast, old or young... ALL are welcome!

God uses the phrase, "perfectly united" in Verse 1 of our Scripture section. The Hebrew word for this is "katertismenoi" which means... having been "knit together". What an intriguing and beautiful image!

Who does the knitting? How is the "finished product" used? What is the response of "The Knitter"?

God tells us He "knits us together in our mother's womb" (Psalm 139). Just as He designs and forms our human bodies, He designs and forms His Spiritual Body... our church. He has "knit us together" at Emmanuel to be a loving and effective outreach of the Gospel, using our gifts to serve each other and to serve our community.

How are we doing?  Would visitors to our church say that we love one another and are ONE in Christ? Do our neighbors see our interactions and say, "Wow... I can't believe people care that much!" May God grant it for His glory, Amen. 

Points to Ponder - How is worshiping a beautiful example of the parts of the Body of Christ being connected and working together in the Christian Church? Am I functioning at Emmanuel with the realization that I belong and am needed? How can my Connection Group help others at Emmanuel know that they are needed and belong to the body of Christ? Are there any divisions in our church that we can be praying about and helping unite?

READ 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 NIV

10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

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  • 22 January 2017
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