Soma - 1 Corinthians 12

These week we will look into God's Plan for how we should live our Christian lives as part of a group rather than just a bunch of individuals.  We call that Community and it is the first Core Value of The Way.

There is another word that describes Community...Soma - this is the greek word used in the Bible's teaching about The Christian Community which is also called the Body of Christ.  Read this:

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care.  If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:12, 14-27 NLT)

How well does the body function when a part is missing or not working properly?  We are reliant upon God's Spirit but also dependent upon God's people - each-other!  

You each have a vital role to fill in God's Mission for the world.  That is your Co-Mission.  Yet, that role is not simply a 'YOU' role, it is an 'US' role as part of the Soma - The Body of Christ.

Rather than coveting the role/gifts of others - why not focus on finding your role/gifts and your part in God's Co-Mission.  Look at your Way Community.  How might God be using you as part of this part of His Body?

There is such a vast difference in mentality between a team sport (like soccer) and an individual sport (like Boxing).  We are called to 'do life together' in Community.  Will you commit to it?