Working Together.

Read Romans 12:1-5.

Working Together

"For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office" (v. 4).


          I'm all thumbs. This expression, often used in mild self-deprecation, illustrates humorously the lack of coordination we occasionally feel.  Can you imagine if it were true?  Take a moment to look at your hands.  How well would they work if every digit were a thumb?  Could you write smoothly or hold a spoon properly?  Could you type an email or peel an orange well?  If our hands were truly all thumbs, we'd be clumsy indeed.

Now, consider the church. How would the church work if we were all thumbs?  If we were all greeters? Or ushers?  Or musicians? Or teachers?  Or preachers? Would the church function properly without the right people in the right roles?  No, of course not.  If we all were ushers, who would give?  If we all taught, who'd listen? If we all played music, who would sing?

Together, we are the body of Christ: "Though many, [we] are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another" (Romans 12:5). When we use the "gifts that differ according to the grace given to us" (Romans 12:6), we work together to form a body that functions as designed by God. (LAW)

We give thee but thine own,

Whate'er the gift may be;

All that we have is thine alone,

A trust, O Lord, from thee.

--William How


Though different in form and function, we work together as one.

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Nov. 1, 2020: Cooperation

PRINTED TEXT: 1 Corinthians 12:12 27

CENTRAL TRUTH: God has a special place of ministry for every believer in the Church, the Body of Christ.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson we should be able to identify one spiritual gift which we possess.

I. Unified Ministry (1 Corinthians 12:1 11)

II. Unified Diversity (1 Corinthians 12:12 18)

III. Diversified Unity (1 Corinthians 12:19 31)

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October 25, 2020: Service

PRINTED TEXT: Romans 12:1 13; 1 Corinthians 3:9 15

CENTRAL TRUTH: The rewards for our Christian service will be based on its motivation as well as its quality and quantity.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson we should be able to name either a new avenue of service to God in which we will get involved or a ministry in which we are already involved to which we will give more time and energy.

I. Consecration for Service (Romans 12:1, 2)

II. Cooperation in Service (Romans 12:3 8)

III. Concepts of Service (Romans 12:9 13)

IV. Compensation for Service (1 Corinthians 3:9 15)

Cooperation in the Church

Lesson 6 - July 9, 2017

Focus Text: Acts 6:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-7

Central Truth: Cooperation is a key attitude of the effective church.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list several ways their church can show better cooperation.

Lesson Outline:

  1. Cooperation by Choice (Acts 6:1-7)

  2. Cooperation in Ministry (1 Peter 5:1-4)

  3. Cooperation Through Submission (1 Peter 5:5-7)

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