God has appointed…

Following on from last week’s message, Paul wants the Corinthians to know they are the church he is talking about. They are Christ’s body and God has appointed a variety of individuals, supernatural gifts and acts of service that the body might be built up and cared for. When we know that all our gifts and service are God appointed it keeps us from discouragement. It helps us remember that all we have is by grace. We need one another and we ourselves are needed. Even the most ordinary and mundane acts of service are precious to Him. The church in Corinth needed, and we need, this foundation, to become the church and the people God is calling us to be.


1 Corinthians 12:27–31 (Listen)

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

And I will show you a still more excellent way.


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