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The Global Body

September 22, 2009

Today I listened to a sermon by Oscar Muriu, a Kenyan pastor visiting Mariners Church in Irvine, CA.  In his message, titled “God’s Global Party,” Oscar offers an incredible adaptation of 1 Corinthians 12 14-27.

Now the body is not made up of one part, but of many.  If the American church should say, “Because I am not African I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body; and if the Latin American church should say “Because I am not an Asian, I don’t belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.  If the whole body were European, where would the sense of joy be?  And if the whole body were African, where would the sense of order be?  But in fact God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, then where would the body be?  As it is there are many parts, but one body.  The Canadian church cannot say to the Afrcian church “I do not need you,” and the European church cannot say to the Asian church, “I do not need you.”  On the contrary, the Sri Lanken church, that seems to be weaker, is indispensable.  And the African parts that we think are less honorable should be treated with greater honor.  And even, though the Latin American parts seem to be unpresentable, treat them with special modesty, while the presentable, big, wealthy, strong American church needs no special treatment.  You see, God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, then every part suffers with it.  If one part is honored, then every part rejoices with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

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  1. Mom permalink
    September 22, 2009 4:33 am

    That was indeed a great message! I’m so glad you took the time to listen to it too.

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