24th January 2014

A Body Of Believers 

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually…”
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NKJV)
 

In the news this week there have been a number of sightings of murmurations. I am referring to one of the great events in the bird world. A murmuration is the collective noun for a gathering of starlings. It typically happens at dusk during mid-winter when the starlings in their multiple thousands seem to dance in the evening sky as they find a place to roost for the night. 

Collective nouns are often interesting words. For example, there is a bloat of hippos, a murder of crows, a quiver of cobras, a nuisance of cats, a prickle of hedgehogs, and a parliament of owls. Some of these seem quite apt for the animal involved: hippos look bloated as they wallow in the mud; crows, especially the hooded ones, appear to have murderous intent; maybe we need some wise old owls in parliament, etc. 

The leading scripture suggests to us a collective noun for believers: a body of believers, and that too is full of meaning, exploding with ideas. The implication is that Christians are united, that every part comes together to make a perfect whole, that each part of the body has its unique function, and that co-dependency exists. This is what Paul wanted the divided Corinthian congregation to understand: Christians, although we each have our unique individuality, are together, whole and united in the way that a body is one. This is something that our divided Christian world could learn more about today.
 
How do you work within your congregation? Do you act like you are part of the Body, or do you see yourself as independent from it, as not in need of other believers? Independency is usually a trap that leads to pride and sin. Believers are not meant to be divisively and stubbornly independent, but rather interdependent, functioning together as one body.
 
As the well-known hymn says, “Onward, Christian soldiers, all one Body we”! 

Prayer
Father, please help Christians to be together in Christ through the Spirit as a Body of believers. Help us to be united in you. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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openbibleAbout the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  On the 25th January James is speaking at a special meeting of our Watford congregation at 10.30 am.  You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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