1 Corinthians 12:11-31 “Spiritual Gifts” part 4

1 Corinthians 12:11-31 – We are the Body

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Aug 14th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.


  • The importance of the gifts in relationship to the church
  • We are gifted to be PART OF THE BODY
  • To be part of the church is to be part of the BODY OF CHRIST
  • Not focusing on the gifts but the purpose of them.
  • The purpose of the gifts.  glorify God and build up the body… the local church is key to this being lived out

We are One Body – vv. 12-13

For as the body is one… many parts – All the members… one body – v. 12

  • Human body
  • Very complex, but one

Baptized into the body – Drink from one Spirit – v. 13

  • Spiritual… SUPERNATURAL
  • Same Spirit saves
  • Same Spirit fills
  • All have… the same

Jews Greeks. Slaves and Free – v. 13

  • Across the spectrum of society
  • Everyone and anyone

We are Many Members – vv. 14-20

Not one… but many – v. 14

  • Not individual but corporate
  • Our serving our singing… everything.

God arranged the members – v. 18

  • Different by design.

Each one as He chose – v. 18

  • Designing and building

Many parts, yet one body – v. 20

  • Our Church body… our human body
  • The Church, THE CHURCH

We are Dependent on One Another – vv. 21-31

Cannot say I have no need of you – v.21

  • Our value. Importance
  • The necessity of every member of the body

God composed the body – v.24

  • Mix together, intermingle, temper together

No division in the body – v.25

  • All together
  • Same reason, purpose, goals, and vision (Macro and Micro)
  • SO THAT… Members have the same care for one another

God has appointed – v.28

  • Divinely places

Concluding Thoughts

These verses teach us the importance of the local church

  • SO important to be part
  • Unique (the individual people), yet special (Christ’s Church)

Church is not about just finding a place to “worship”

  • Just attending for the worship (singing and preaching)
  • It is about becoming a “member of the body”

God saves us and places us

  • We are saved to serve within a church
  • This is God’s ordained plan

Using our gifts is much bigger than just holding a church position or checking a box on a spiritual gift survey

  • The Christian life is about serving one another from natural out flow of a spirt-filled life
  • Doing church life together
  • Start small then work out
  • one on one, one on some, one on many
  • Evangelism, Discipleship, Encouragement, and Care

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