12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-21 NKJV

 

This text reminds us that we are all one body, with different purposes under the heaven.  We are all called by God individually and uniquely to serve in the capacity as pastors.  The Lord has purposely instilled unique gifts in each of us to help lead people for the cause of our Christ.  

The challenge in this text is when we begin to compare and use fallacious standards as tools for measurements to determine whether one is superior or inferior to the next.  When we start suggesting that the eye is more important than the ear, or the hand is closer to God in comparison to the foot, then possibly we should re-examine our hearts and emphasize the art of transformation.  In other words, when we start comparing church congregation sizes, we are voiding out the divine creation for why God created you for your gifts, and the appointment to the congregation in which you are serving.

Maybe we should stop compartmentalizing God and allow God to be God: using small congregations and large congregations for their respected ministries. We should not allow pew numbers to dictate as an intimidating determining factor of the strength of the church. Often, new followers of Christ are discouraged by large congregations and desire a more imbedded intimate Bible study and/or small church experience. 

I’ll close with these continued scriptures that Paul writes:

23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need.

The small churches we might think are insignificant, according to this text might, indeed, arguably have more…

Join us on October 21st to hear the rest. I am humbled and excited to be a part of this discussion.

 

Size Matters – Rev. John Brice
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