This past Sunday morning, @WestpointChurch began two new journeys. One was an amazing union together with another local church family that merged in with us. We are so thankful for the former Northland West Oaks crew and the chance to now be one church together. In the spirit of that union, we began another journey – a new teaching series about the one essential that makes any union work. Love. Specifically, summer love in this case. And so we began a study of 1st Corinthians 13 together.
The series kicked off by actually taking a step back from chapter 13 into chapter 12. We studied the last few verses of 1st Corinthians 12:
27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are notworkers of miracles, are they? 30 All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? 31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.
Individual parts almost completely useless on their own, but exponentially functional and purposeful together as one body. Especially with Christ as the head. Wow!
The bottom line that we arrived at was this:
The church functions as the body of Christ at its healthiest when the health of the body matters more than the pleasures of the parts. The church also functions as the body of Christ as its healthiest when each part lives as though extremely valuable to the function of the body as a whole. Lord, as we become one church, please mesh together our passions and strengths and preferences and strategies and relationships into one body united on one mission, so that others might know You. May we grow in the gifts and functions required for the purpose of living sent together daily. May the world, both locally and globally know us by our love.
And all this for the sake of the glory of our Heavenly Father who so desires to see His children love one another and make His love known among the nations. I am so excited to see how the individual parts come together in this beautiful union and function as one body with one Head and one mission for local and global community. I am so excited to see how we will express worship together. I am so excited to see how we will multiply new expressions of the local church as we connect and serve together. It will be an exciting future together.
And again, the key will be love. Will we love each other enough to be honest about the strengths we have to offer one another, to be honest about the challenges that we face, to be honest about the frustrations that will come, and to be honest about the mission that we must be urgently committed to.
I believe we will. And I am thankful to be the church with such an awesome church family.
I love you guys. Thankful that summer love is here.