Manual Body Ministry: The Body of Christ Alive in His Spirit

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They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead John ; John , 23; John ; Romans ; Revelation The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.

Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Body Ministry, by Geoff Waugh – Renewal Journal

His love was neither patronizing nor condescending, neither should ours be. But how often one member of the Body looks down on another because of racial, social, cultural or other differences.

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Such "Christians" even if they are fundamentalists in doctrine can never be instruments for building up the Body of Christ, for they have not understood the first principle of Christian service - the principle of 'incarnation'. The Word became flesh and dwelt among the people as one of them. As it was with the Head, so must it be with the members of His Body, if they are to be effective for God.

Body Ministry, by Geoff Waugh

Do you value your fellow-believers? Do you recognize your need of them and genuinely seek their fellowship? Or do you form little cliques consisting of congenial people of the same race, community or intellectual or social level, circulate exclusively within such cliques and call that 'fellowship'? If so, the great Deceiver of men has robbed you of riches which might have been yours if you had humbly sought fellowship on an equal basis, "with all the saints.

We are courteous towards strangers, but often rude towards those with whom we 'rub shoulders' daily. It does not cost us anything to be courteous and say a few words of kindness and thus 'spread a little honey' wherever we go, yet most of us neglect to do this. Kind words and acts could have deepened many a fellowship that remained on a shallow level. Like oil in machinery, courtesy could have eliminated friction in many of our relationships.

Because we are basically self-centred, we have to discipline ourselves and educate ourselves in the art of being kind. Fellowship does not develop naturally. It has to be cultivated carefully like a garden. How often, through careless utterances a believer wounds another. How many Christians seek to earn a reputation for humour, by cracking jokes at the expense of others.

They may be less eager to tell a joke against themselves! There is value in humour - certainly - but it should not result in making others feel small or awkward. Remember, "It is harder to win back friendship of an offended brother than to capture a fortified city" Proverbs - TLB. The love of Christ, we have been seeing, is not self-centred.

It is unselfish. This applies in the area of our brother's need as well. Consider the human body.

When any part of the human body is injured causing an infection, immediately large number of leucocytes white blood cells are produced in the blood to combat the germs that have caused the infection. These leucocytes rush to the injured area to battle with the bacteria causing the problem and die in the process, forming what is known as 'pus'. Millions of white blood cells give up their life to bring health to the injured part.

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This last verse is not a command telling each 'part' to suffer or be glad when other 'parts' suffer or are glad but rather a description of how one 'part' affects the others. In the same way, in the Body of Christ, each members shares spontaneously in the suffering and joy of his or her fellow-members. If such is not the case, faulty relationships are indicated.

If there is a living relationship between us and the Lord and if our eyes have been opened by the Holy Spirit to see the truth of the Body of Christ, then when another member suffers, we shall suffer with him. His problem will cause us concern too. This does not mean that we should be distributing money indiscriminately to all Christians who profess to be in need.

Joshua and the leaders of Israel once made a big mistake by showing compassion to the people of Gibeon, who played a trick on them by pretending they were in great need Joshua 9. Many well-meaning and kindhearted Christians have been fooled likewise by professional deceivers. But let us seek to be in touch with the Lord and then we shall have wisdom for every situation.

We are not to be governed merely by human compassion.

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We should be in touch with the Head and governed by Him. In the human body, there is co-ordination among the various parts because each part 'obeys' or is controlled by the head or brain. Likewise in the Church, true fellowship can be a reality between the members only when Christ the Head is in control of inter-personal relationships.

It is dangerous for two Christians to form a deep relationship without Christ being in between them and being the central figure in their relationship. I have seen instances where truth has been compromised by Christians for the sake of friendship. God's work suffers in many places today, because human loyalty takes precedence over loyalty to the truth of God.

In all such cases, it is obvious that the fellowship that exists between the parties concerned is not through or in Christ but only on a human plane. This is often mistaken for deep Christian fellowship, but is actually a counterfeit of the real thing. If we live in close and deep communion with the Head, obeying His laws, we shall naturally have the right attitude to other members in the Body. Our fellowship one with another will then be deep and genuine, not sentimental and frothy. Scientists tell us that no two snowflakes anywhere in the world have the same patterns.

Likewise, no two human beings anywhere in the world are completely alike. God has created infinite variety in the universe.

1 Corinthians 15.1-4 ✝ Romans 4.4-5

That is what makes creation so wonderful and beautiful. How unimaginably boring it would have been if there were no variety in the universe. Likewise, how uninteresting and prosaic life would have been if all human beings were exactly alike in temperament and personality. There is variety in the Body of Christ just as there is in the human body.

At the same time, there is an organic unity among the various members. All the members are equally important and necessary, though their functions in the Body may be completely different. No one member is more important than another. No one's ministry should exclude another's. When the body operates with each member fulfilling his own special function, then alone will there be a powerful corporate presentation of Christ to the world.

In Old Testament times, God often worked through individual prophets who were His representatives and mouthpieces.


But not so now. Today, God works through the Body of Christ. God and Christ are to be represented to the world through the corporate working together of believers harmoniously in one Body. And for this purpose, no one believer is more important than another.