FROM THE PULPIT: The church transcends denominations, methods

Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 08:11 PM.

In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul presents an idea of God’s design for the 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.”

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it,” he said.

God created a system of interdependence. If one part of the human body suffers — like, say, a bone gets broken — all the other parts are affected. Within the Body of Christ, it is the same. At least, it is supposed to be the same. We cannot escape the reality that we belong to one another, that we each fit together.

I am the pastor at two churches. Each is unique, but has the same purpose. Ultimately, we strive to achieve the joy of knowing and worshipping God; to exercise the privilege of sharing Jesus Christ and his teachings with others; and to share our Lord’s hospitality with God’s children, whether they are a part of our congregations or not.

These two churches have one purpose but diverse methods. That’s because the two congregations comprise people with different skills and abilities.

It is the same for all of our Lord’s churches, regardless of denomination or the congregation's composition. We are one in purpose, but diverse in our methods.

When the Body of Christ as a whole is functioning well in design, diversity and display, it is something to behold! This is what Christians around the world should strive for. Remember: There are numerous traditions because there are different parts to the Body of Christ.

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