It is good to be back. I was hoping to be back last week but the weather was sufficiently threatening to prevent us from going, us in this case being Heather and me.
This week was Heather and me as I am still not able to drive, hopefully by next week but I must say it was very nice to have a chauffeur 🙂
This Sunday we spent our time looking at one of the more interesting metaphors in St. Paul’s toolkit, namely the community of faith as a body. I like this for lots of reasons, not least of which is each of us has a body so each of us can relate to what he says.
There are many things we can take from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a. We can enjoy the anthropomorphic moments where body parts talk to each other. We take comfort from the assurance that we are not alone. In the end, we looked at four things. Broadly speaking the four are: God is the source of spiritual gifts, the members of the body need each other, there is no hierarchy of gifts, and the members of the body care for each other.
This is by no means the first, nor probably the last, time I have preached about the church/community of faith as the body of Christ and spiritual gifts so not much of this is new. Every time I return to this passage and this idea I understand more about how God uses people just like us to do the work that needs to be done.