1 Corinthians 12 uses the metaphor of a body to show how every Christian is an essential part of the church. All Christians in the church make up the body of Christ (vs 27). Just as Christ cannot be divided (vs 12), no Christian can be sidelined in the church. Everyone is needed if the church is to fulfill her mission in the world.
But two attitudes can stop the church in her mission.
The first is to think the church does not need me (vs 14-20). But this attitude goes against the God who “arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.” The second is to think I do not need the church (vs 21) or some Christians in it. “But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it” (vs 24).
These divisive attitudes must be avoided so that members can care for one another (vs 25). We need and depend on one another in the church, which depends on Christ (Colossians 2:19). In this way, the body of Christ is equipped for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12) and built up to be heaven’s outpost in this world.
Inside this issue, you will find how different parts in the larger body of Christ work together, sharing in the mission of reaching youths for Christ.