ἐκ πάντων ἓν καὶ ἐξ ἑνὸς πάντα
## b. Some might think that their gifts aren’t needed. ## c. Some might think that other’s gifts aren’t needed.
One could imagine a comparison between a car’s oil drain plug and its electronic ignition system. One is as low-tech (and unimpressive) as could be, while the other is highly sophisticated. But a car won’t last long without its oil drain plug no matter how impressive its ignition system! The various hoses used to deliver fuel or other fluids from one part of the car to the places where they are needed are not impressive or technological wonders, but it would be ridiculous to think that the car could get along without them.
The failure of one little valve can shut down the whole bodily system. The implication is that there is no unimportant gift or person in the body of Christ. — Brian Rosner
Note: This is a machine transcription, and it has not been reviewed for accuracy.Please turn in our Bibles now to first Corinthians. Almost that second Corinthians would be lost first. Corinthians, Chapter twelve versus twelve through thirty one. Congregation participation Time. If you are already there, you can participate in this trivia question. Did you know that the United States of America has an official national motto and if so, what is it? I heard it from the second row, but if you don't know Oh boy, that was dangerous for me to open up. If you don't know, pull out a dollar bill or a ten dollar bill. I have here a sharp, crisp, five dollar bill, and on the back of the bill, you're going to find the official national motto which says, And Rachel got it right in God, we trust on your money. It says in God we trust. Think about it. Every time you hand your money and you transact, you are communicating in God we trust. This is the official national model. This was actually voted in by an act of Congress in nineteen fifty six. Can you imagine our Congress today voting in a national motto that says in God we trust hard to imagine It's all over our money, but you might not know that there was an official motto of the nation before that, and it, too, is imprinted on our money. It is a Latin phrase that actually may have derived from a Greek philosopher named Hair Cletus, who lived in the city of ethicists who wrote this phrase ek pon tone and Chi x Anna's Ponta. Which means the one is made up of all things and all things issue from the one. And this Greek phrase gets rendered down in Latin as e pluribus, You know, Um, so if you have one of these not so shiny brown coins like what is that? I've never seen that before. This is actually a penny. It's worthless. E pluribus unum is stamped on the back of this penny out of one. Many our founding fathers understood that they were doing something powerful when they ratified the forming of this country was a powerful proclamation of unity for the for the colonies of thirteen colonies to come together as these United States. And so e Pluribus Unum struck the right tone at the founding of our nation, and it was put on all of our coins and all of our bills. It's actually as a watermark in the five dollar bill, so that every time you hand that ten dollar bill for lunch in God, we trust and you get back those meaningless pennies and you used your attempted to grumble and think, Why are these still in circulation? I wanted to just pause and remember. Look at it and remember, e pluribus unum out of one many. And the flip side is true also out of many one. And then you could take your penny and you can throw it like in your change drawer and never look at it again. As powerful as this motto was for our fledgling country, our unity in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is unparalleled. E pluribus unum is not just a motto for these United States. It is an apt description for the church on mission, where God save sinners from his wrath that is to come from all over the world, from every tribe, tongue in nation. And he plucks us out of darkness and brings us into true, abundant spiritually life and Christ and makes us one together in Jesus. This is the beauty and the glory of what God's doing in the Gospel. He's making us one in Christ as the church, and it is oh so easy to forget our oneness out of one, many out of many one, especially for us, modern American Christians who are so used to celebrate in our independence that we are often in danger of neglecting the design of interdependence that God has made in the church. He gives different gifts we saw last week two different people so that we join together and we use our gifts tto help each other treasure Christ thie infinite worth of price that we would see Jesus has lifted high. That's what God's doing in the church when Hammer mills are putting out pellets, which is creating jobs so that these kids can grow up and they can hear and live out the gospel. If we forget that that's what God's doing. If we lose sight of that purpose, that oneness that we have in Jesus, then we will fail to treasure Christus he deserves. And thie sad, sad implication of that is in our joy, in God diminishes when we don't treasure Christ as we fought. And then our faith are functional. Faith is as worthless as a penny in the year two thousand nineteen, and Paul says to the church in Corinthians, there's a better way. There's a different way. There's a gospel that unifies. We need each other out of one, many out of many one. We're going to see that this proceeds the national motto. This is actually Biblical, so please read with me in verse twelve. Through the end of the chapter. Paul continues to write to this church 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 of one spirit for the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, Because I'm not a hand, I do not belong to the body. That would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say Because I am not an I I do not belong to the body. That would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body weren't I, where would be the sense of hearing if the whole body were an ear, what would be the sense of smell? 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 first, twenty one. The I cannot stay to the hand. I have no need of you, nor again, the head to the feet. I have no need of you. On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker, indispensable. And on those parts of the body that we think less honorable, we bestow the greatest honor, and our un presentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which are more presentable Parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it so that there may be no division in the body but that the members may have the same care for one another if one member suffers, all suffer together. If one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually, members of it and God has appointed in the church. First apostles, second profits, third teachers, then miracles than gifts of healing. Helping administrating in various kinds of tongues are all apostles are all profits are all teachers do all work. Miracles do all possess gifts of healing to all speak with tongues to all interprets but earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. Father, we thank you that this word is before us and we want to be shaped by it. Because we we want to honor your Lord. I want to follow you. You have plucked us out. You have brought us near. You have made us one and one with a purpose. So God placed that purpose on our hearts this morning. Give every person here member of Grace Church guests, young or old, a vision of the purpose you have for life in the church. So we could play the part that you've called us to play and that we could glorified Jesus and what we do. Lord, I pray you would inspire us this morning to do our parts. Empowered by the Holy Spirit of Christ in his name, we pray. Amen. I've got two points this morning. They're simple. First God made us together as one. This is a theological basis for everything else that's going to be said God made us together as one. This is not my idea. This is not the idea of man. This is God's doing God made us together as one versus twelve through thirteen. You see that? Our tax begins with a comparison. Paul uses the illustration of the human body to say something about the church, and he's He's relying on your intimate knowledge with the human body. He's like, you know how the body works. That's how the church work. Two. Your body has many members, and yet there is a main identity of you. You have arms, you have legs. And yet there's you. There's one twice as in verse twelve 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. When you walk into the doors and someone greets you, they say, How are you doing? They don't address all the different parts of your body. How are you? How is the left hand doing? How is the right foot? Do we know? They say, How are you? This collection of members? That is one. This is not the first time that we've seen. Paul used the metaphor of the body. You don't have to flip there. You can if you want but they should be on the screen. I believe above me in first. Corinthians six, fifteen through seventeen, he says. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? That our bodies are members of Christ is known since whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit. And then he said in Chapter ten Verse seventeen to talks about the Lord's supper, he says, because there is one loaf we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf, he says that the bread that we break, it's a participation for sixteen in the body of Christ. This is the picture of the church. We are. We're many members, very different backgrounds and ethnicities and family histories, but when we come together in faith in Christ were all joined into the same body, Paul says in verse. Thirteen Jews and Greeks, slaves and free. And we hear that, and we might not even think what What is that like? That's just like a slogan. That's a reality in the New Testament church, the Jews and the Gentiles who were far apart in terms of culture in law, coming together in Christ, those that are slaves, those that are free, coming together to the same place of worship. It's not just a slogan. It was It was reality, Paul says. Jews gentiles, slaves freeze. All are baptized into one body was in verse, thirteen baptized into one body. We just saw baptism. Last week, Keaton robbers went down in the water and came out of the water. Thiss idea that all of us members are are baptized into crisis, a metaphor for how God makes us reborn. When we turned to him and faith, it's a it's an echo of what he said about Moses in the wilderness. And Chapter ten when he said Thie is real, lights were all baptized into Moses. This idea that you're like following him in him and drank the same spiritually drink. When we come to know Christ by the spirit, we are one baptized, drinking, sharing the same spirit. And this is for anyone who comes Jew gentile, slave free. Nothing stops the power of the gospel No one has prevented from getting in on this good news. This is not a gospel for the Jews on Lee. It's not a gospel for the Gentiles on Lee, it's not a gospel for the rich men on Ly, It's not a gospel for just the slaves. It's not a gospel for for the Educated or for the lowly or for men or for women on Lee. It's for all people from every tribe tongue in nation to create this wildly diverse, unique new body. This new group of human beings no longer identified primarily as Jew gentile, slave free men, male, female but now identified as one in Christ. A new body, a new culture, a new nation, a new people, a new society. This is this is massive, what God is you know, when he started the church, So we ought not to treat the church like it's a worthless penny. We need to see the church for what it really is. E pluribus unum on steroids. God has joined us together as one out of many one. This is the foundation of the church. It is the anchor, our shared participation in the Gospel by the spirit. And Paul begins here because if we don't get this right, if we don't get this theological truth right and we keep talking about gifts and we don't get that we're one centrally, if we don't get this right, and then we're going to drift away from our eyes focused on Christ. And we're not going to see Christ for who he is. And we're not going to see the bride of Christ the church as she is. And if we take her eyes off of Christ and our unity that's meant to be in him, we will develop a very bad syndrome known as d F I syndrome don't fit in syndrome. Trust me when I tell you this after eighteen years or so of pastoring this was a real syndrome as people come into the church excited about the love of Christ, excited about their eyes lifted up to the cross, excited to join arms with brothers and sisters from all different backgrounds. Toe look to Jesus. And as you focus on Christ, experienced tremendous blessing. And as your eyes move away from that and you look just horizontally at one another, you think, Oh, I don't actually think I fit in here. I'm not tall like that guy. I'm not funny like that guy, and I don't do the things that that person does, and the church doesn't do that. The church doesn't do this, and you start to feel the differences. You start, you start to feel like I don't fit in here. And my appeal on the basis of this teaching is to charge us to remember that were never meant to be joined together ever as one by anything other than the gospel. We're not meant to come together and find a bunch of people just like us so that we can say, Oh, you look just like me. You like the things that I like. You want to do the things that I want to do. Well, great. Were one we were never meant to do that were meant to gather around Christ with diverse people who come from all different backgrounds. So when you walk into this place, you can't just think, Oh, Sunday service or Oh, great heart, Jim. No, you need to think about the body of Christ coming together as one with all of our gifts, all of our ambitions, all of our wildly diverse manifestations of the spirit to look up words together to treasure Christ. It is not a rich man's gospel. Ah, Friedman's gospel, a male on ly gospel, a charter school, gospel Ah, white gospel or a middle class gospel. It is the gospel for all kinds of people who submit themselves to the Lordship of Christ and everyone who does, out of many one and out of one many. He goes on to say this unity in Christ. This togetherness is expressed in the diversity of our gifts. Fourteen through the end of the chapter is that point to God made us to complement one another. God made us to complement one another. Now I don't mean compliment in the sense of verbal affirmation, like, Oh, don't you look nice today. Now, that's fine, Ann. You probably ought to do some of that, too, if we're friends, But that's not what I mean. By compliment. Here. I mean by compliment that were we to see our gifts and our service and our ministries feeding together to match Like I listen to Jerry self talk, and I think I can't do anything that that guy does. And then I think, praise God that Jerry self is in our body because I can't do any of the things he does. But he's doing the things he does growing up. We used to We used to do jigsaw puzzles. How many of you have ever done a jigsaw puzzle? All right, we would spend hours trying to find the right piece to match up the board. And I would be that kid. He would find one that was pretty close to me. Like I'm going to make this piece work. Can I like, fitted in and jam it in, and then it's not a perfect fit. So you throw it away and then you're like, OK, I think this one might be I know that that little that little edges a little bit longer than it needs to be. Some Maybe I could take some scissors and cut it down, you know, like fitted in and and I would keep trying and trying. And finally we find the one piece that snaps into place. It's the compliment piece to the board, and you know that that weird sense of like satisfaction when you've been searching for an hour for a little peace and you finally find it and you snap it into place. It's like joy erupts from your heart when it's in place. Well, that's the picture of how the body is meant to function, just as every piece is meant to fit in the right spot on the board. So each individual, each member who has been grace, gifted by the spirit for the building up of the church, has a part to play in the church. We're not all meant to do the same. Things were meant to compliment each other with the gifts God has given us. Look, look. A verse fourteen for the body does not consist of one member, but of many. Now, throughout this section, you're just going to kind of hear the same things being said over and over again. When you see repetition in the Bible, it's a cue for you to just sort of get it you know, like Okay. All right. I got more. OK? Yes, I got it. It's God's going to reinforce the same idea out of many one. But on the flip side, jigsaw puzzles don't come together easily, so it's a torment to snap together. But there are challenges to doing this. So he's raising some objections that the Corinthians may have had. Maybe you have about how the body is supposed to work. So one of them that he raises in verse fifteen and sixteen is some might think that they're gifts. Don't count like, you know, you're you don't make the cut to keep playing little count. So he personifies two different members who are struggling with their place in the body. To make his point. He makes the foot and the ear speak, and here's what they say first fifteen. If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body. That would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the years should say Because I'm not a NY, I don't belong to the body. That would make it not any less a part of the body. So he's talking to a particular person in the in the church who thinks because I don't have the same gifts as Jerry self, I'm on. I must not belong like this self pity, self depreciating kind of attitudes. Sometimes people talk this way when it comes to speaking gifts, like, as if preaching is the only gift in the body that matters. So I look, you look at the preacher and you go, I can't preach like that. So I must not have any role. I don't have a place. And he says, that's wrong. Just because you feel self pity doesn't mean it's change anything. All members share equal status as members. Whatever your gifts, equal status is members, the spot the smallest. So think of this way. The small puzzle pieces matter just as much to the finish product as the large puzzle pieces. And if we believe that God's the one who distributes these gifts first eleven, we're going to see that against, like, multiple times today. If he's the one who distribute his gifts and places them in the body and constructs it just the way he wants according to his will, then God wants your gifts in the body, Whatever they are, he wants your gifts in the body. More importantly, he wants you in the body using your gifts. So, in other words, he made the puzzle like he took the jig and cut all the shapes, and he distributed them. So if you have a piece of the puzzle, he belongs. You are valuable. Now. Some might think that they're gifts aren't needed. So okay, like, fine. Maybe you think I can't sing like Terra, But I guess I'm still a member because I got a puzzle piece. But that doesn't mean that my gifts are valuable. And then no, Paul says that's not true. He gives us funny picture in verse seventeen through twenty. He says, Look over seventeen. So by teasing this out, if the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing just slow down enough to think about this, right? This like I read this verse and I think of like the main character of monsters, Inc. You know, with the big guy, you know, it's Billy Crystal's voice, right? What's the last thing like Wazowski or whatever his name is? I think about that guy. This one? I just his whole body's basically. And I if the whole body was just an eye. How crazy would that be? Where were the sense of hearing B? You could see great, but you can't hear anyone say, Wow, you look kind of strange if the whole body weren't ears. So not picture just ears everywhere. I think of this like a Twilight Zone episode or something where with the sense of smell B and you start to get his point right, it's not putting down any gift scene is great, but so is hearing hearing his great. But so is the ability to smell. You could go on. Writing is great, but so is walking. Running is great, but so is sitting. Every part has its purpose. All of the gifts have their place and purpose in building up the bodies. So this hypothetical picture now in verse eighteen, he says. But as it is in reality, God arranged the members of the body, each one of them, as he chose if all were a single member, where would the body be? Praise God that that's not the case. As it is. There are many parts. Yet one body, Paul, continues to emphasize the sovereignty of God in the distribution of the gifts, his sovereignty in the placement of the body parts. God's designed the body. So if you if you like, disparage your own place in the body or anyone else was placed in the body, you're actually insulting God's wisdom because it's his design and praise. God, brothers and sisters, We don't need one hundred fifty eyes. We don't need one hundred fifty years. We don't need one hundred fifty eyebrows. We need the body to be the body that God has made. Now some might think that they're gifts aren't valuable, but somebody think that others gifts are invaluable. So, like the previous versus air about those who who are thinking about themselves negatively. But now it's shifts. And so now there's this, like this question about whether not other people's gifts are valuable. So the I cannot say to the hand in verse twenty one, I have no need of you as if to say, Unless you can see like me, then you really kind of a pointless You're like a penny. That's not true, he says. Read verse twenty one. The I cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor again, the head to the feet. I have no need of you. On the contrary, the parts of the body that seemed to be weaker are indispensable. And those parts of the body that we think less honorable, we bestow the greater honor. And our un presentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which are more presentable Parts do not require. But God has so composed the body. You see God's sovereignty again, giving greater honor to the part that lapped it. That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another if one member suffers all suffered together. And if one member is honored, all rejoice together. We can't point to the gifts that seem weaker or less honorable and say You aren't helpful. You aren't beneficial. So they were caught up in tongue speaking and prophetic utterances and all kind of supernatural demonstrations of the power of the spirit and they might look upon somebody who had the gift of faith or the gift of helps, or the or the ability to administrate and think that is so not flashy. That's that you're nobody unless you have these kinds of gifts. If you're not the engine of the car, then you're basically, like, worthless. And that's not at all What's true? Brian Rosner uses this car illustration. He says One could imagine a comparison between a car's oil drain plug and it's Elektronik ignition system. One is as low tech and unimpressive as it could be, while the other is highly sophisticated. And here's his point. But a car won't last long without its oil drain plug, no matter how impressive it's ignition system. The various hoses used to deliver fuel or other fluids from one part of the car to the places where they're needed are not impressive or technological wonders. But it would be ridiculous to think that the car could get along without them. The failure of one little valve can shut down the whole bodily system. The implication is that there is no unimportant gift or person in the body of Christ. I learned this lesson the hard way. Two years ago, when I bought my Toyota tundra that didn't realize that the water pump was linking, and that effective little piece of plastic led to my entire engine blowing on the side of the three or three freeway and curt, well, endorphin Jeff Pratt were not here this morning, would have known all about that because they rescued me. He's saying they all matter. They all count. In fact, he goes on to say without getting too graphic, that the way we treat our bodies shows that we take care of all of our parts. So we intuitively know that some parts are more presentable than others. You might notice I'm not wearing any gloves this morning. I don't have my face covered by do have clothes on, he says. Some parts of the body give AA lot of attention to making sure other parts of the body have modesty that certain other parts don't require. And so we don't worry about it when when we come into church and and are, we don't have our faces covered, our hands covered. But if someone says to you, your zipper's down your feet, the members of your body. The feet turn you around and then your hand quickly zips up because it demands immediate attention. And we intuitively know this that the zipper and the chin need need two different sources of attention at certain times, so as not to argue that every gift has the same value but to esteem every gift as having value to make the bodywork. And therefore, we should treat every member every member with care, honoring their gifts, whether flashy, gives or not, so that no one in the body gets left out, overlooks, dismissed, marginalized or otherwise discarded. And why? Why does this matter? I think we're getting the point. I hope you're getting the point. If you're not getting the point, come talk to me afterwards. I'll tell you more. Why does this matter? The point is number from Chapter twelve or seven things for the common good. All of these manifestations for the common good. What matters is is that as we use our gifts as we use our gifts crisis exalted, the body is functioning correctly. We glorify him and no one lacks care. He says. If one member suffers all suffered together, like I'm getting old enough now to when I wake up the morning, there's a different body part that hurts when I wake up, and I'm like, Why is my back hurting this morning? I didn't do anything. Why does my foot just sort of throb? Have no idea. And it's not as if the rest of your body just sort of ignores it like you limp all day long. When one member suffers, all the members suffer. We've experienced tragedy in our church over the last few months with the passing of Nick, and when when that happens, we all suffer. We all laments, we all cry. We've experienced blasting and joy In the last few months, Greg Hodson and John Moore has We're ordained as elders in this body. And as we saw Keaton be baptized as we see what God's doing, we rejoice together when one member is prospers. When what one member rejoices and is doing well, then the whole body does, because out of one, many and out of many one. So this would drive us to say, Where are we? Where are you serving with the gifts that God has given you in the body of Christ. Where are you serving the body of Christ? So that the members are built up into Jesus with joy. Where you contributing? Maybe you don't know anything about tractors, but you do know things about building barns and cheap ends. You know, maybe you don't know anything about Greek, but maybe, you know, howto make a meal. Maybe you don't know anything about to make a meal. But you know how to sit and walk someone through a really difficult issue in their life. Maybe your gift is to pray. Maybe your gift is to come alongside people in tow. Pray for them. Where are you serving the body of Christ? And listen, let me just be clear. This is not something that must be sort of propelled by the pastor's. I mean, by all means. We want to encourage you to do this. You have been gifted by God. You have been gifted by God with the spirit to do your part. It should energize you. You should. You should have a sense of of, of ambition, to play the part that God's cause you to play whatever part that is, where's God pressing you into serving? There's so many ways in this body, formally and informally that you conserve whether it's physical gifts, where you're serving in your moving or your or your studying up, but you're tearing down or you're you're helping toe put a backyard in or whether you're coming alongside somebody with hospitality and bringing a meal or whether you're you're administratively minded and you're helping to get someone organized or whether you're bringing technical skills to bear or whether they're just helping people know how to lead better. Some of you are gifted to serve in in practical ways. Some of you are gifted to speak, to speak with with words of wisdom and with knowledge. Some of your gifted toe teach and preach. So you're gifted with prophecy and exaltation. Some of you may be gifted with tongues, the prayer of faith, the gift of faith. Some of your are gifted with healings, all these different manifestations of the spirit you might have. Where you using those if you have them. Do you even know where you're gifted? Do you know how to use your gifts? I think it's clear is he concludes, this section that he has his restating his main point. He gives a string of of roles and questions to drive home his point. Looking verse twenty seven. Now you are the body of Christ and individually, members of it and God has appointed in the church. First apostles, second profits. Third teachers that miracles, then gifts of healing, helping administrating and various kinds of tongues. These verses have been the subject of much debate because not every gift is listed here. The first three gifts are actually people and somewhat of a historical approach. Apostles, profits, teachers. You see that even in Ephesians, it's more like a historical theological approach. And then he shifts to supernatural seeming gifts like miracles and gifts of healing. But then he says, helping and administration and then tongues. Given that tongues were the main sought after gift in this church, A with a hot topic in the church, it's probably intentional that he's putting them here last. But I think that he's showing that this text shows that God is the one who gives all different kinds of gifts people speaking, serving all different kinds of gifts. I don't think this list is supposed to make analytical sense to us other than to show that all these kinds of gifts come from God. Yes, all of them, do you? And to drive home the point that no one has all the gifts there's no one who has all the gifts. There's no one who can say they're all contained in Wa. He asked these questions. It's written in Greek in such a way that it anticipates a no response. There's no other way to take the Greek other than to say no to these questions. Are all apostles? No. Are all profits now? Are all teachers know to all work miracles? No. To all possess gifts of healing. No to all speak with tongues. No. Do all interpret. No, God has not given one person all the gifts he made us to need each other. Because as we get from each other, we get got. And then he concludes here, but earnestly desire the higher gifts. The Greek here is actually ambiguous. You can look at the footnotes in your Bible. You'll probably see it there because the same word for earnestly here, which is an imperative, can also be translated as a second person plural. But you earnestly desire the higher gifts, and I will show you a still more excellent way. Either way, it's translated, it still has the same idea. You think the's gifts are the higher gifts are here? Big, profound supernatural kind of gifts. I'm gonna show you a better way, and we're going to see that next Sunday. What that better way is where you gifted, where you serving? She looked around this church and you see all the ways in which God is using the church and you see all of the needs of the church and you see all of the Ministry of the Church. One approach will be a lookout and be like, Man, you guys are doing a lot that just looks tiring. You know? Another approach would be to say, Yeah, by God's grace. He's allowing us to do a lot, and it's good to be exhausted in the service of the king. He's given us his gifts to use. Let us tire ourselves in serving Jesus Christ. Or let's Netflix pinch. It's one of the two, right? There's really almost nothing between anymore. Let's use our gifts or something meaningful and long lasting, eternal. Let's build each other up. Let's send each other out. Let's see God rescue people from the grips of hell. And I want to see that happen. Are you a member? And I don't mean yes. A member of Grace Church. Are you a member of the body of Christ? Are you Christian? Are you a member of a local church that you're joined together? Whether it's here or somewhere else, Then ask yourself this question. How do I enjoy serving Christ? Because partly God's gifted us is to enjoy serving him. So how do you enjoy serving Christ? And then are you doing that in some capacity? Do you see a way forward into doing that? Is there a way you can break into that is our ministry that could be created so that you can serve and give expression to those gifts? One of the needs of the church. Maybe God will give you gifts as you serve someplace. Look, I've shared this before, but and she's in Children's Ministry this morning. But Ruth McFadden had never played a day of percussion in her life. I don't think prior to just a couple of years ago, and there was a need in the body for percussion, and she said, I want to play. Actually, it's not what you said. She said, I want to be helpful and she said, I want a volunteer. Maybe I could play percussion now I was like, I've known Ruth a long time. I've never seen her strike a drum like, I don't know, maybe maybe you are gifted it that I don't know. So we're at a Christmas party and I have my gem bay, their roots there. And so I was like, Well, here you go. Let's see what you can do When she starts banging on the drama, I'm like, All right, and so we get together for, like, sort of like, a practice and I didn't tell her this, but I gave her the four songs that we were going to play at church that Sunday. And so I said, Why don't you start with this? And we started playing through it and it was like good proof is really good and we played through all those songs. I'm like Ruth, I think you've got a gift to do this. Those are all the songs we did on Sunday. You're in so panicky and she's wasn't playing this morning. But she's played regularly in the band for like the last a year and a half wherever it's been because he had a heart toe serve and God gifted to do it. Let me conclude by reminding you that all of our gifts come to us as grace gifts from the risen saviour. All of this is about Jesus not exulting our own names, but exalting Jesus and building the body up as Christ in ten so that God gets the glory from your gifts because God made us to need each other. Because from each other we get more of God. I am privileged to be a part of this body of Christ. I'm privileged to be a part of you. And I'm so glad that you have gifts that I don't have. I need your gifts. You need my gifts. We all need each other's gifts. If we're going to be the body that God made, let's pray, Father, We We come around this morning around this word and were charged by it. Lord, I just want our church to thrive. Lord in you, plus the hunger for you. I want us to thirst for you. I want us to find joy in you. So much of how you made us to find Joy is to use our gifts and serving. Would you help each person here who's a believer toe to know the way in which you've equipped them with these gifts to serve. And maybe there's various gifts. And maybe this season one gift gets highlighted over another. I pray that you would give us discernment in that I pray you'll help us to not despise the gifts we have, nor look down on the other gifts from the body as if they're worthless. But to celebrate them, not worship them, not too scarred them or despaired them, but to celebrate them because you're making the body's strong through them. And, Lord, I pray for those in this room who don't know you and are joined to you. They're not one. And, Lord, they face an eternity separated from you. God, I pray you would move in their hearts this morning to receive Christ and that they would get in on this this action that he would grant your holy Spirit to them. You granted them forgiveness for their sins as they turn from their sins. And they put their faith in you helping this morning to say God, please help me. Follow after you, I repent. And, Lord, would you do that work so that they would join this one out of many one in Christ's name, we pray. Amen.