When it comes to life we are better together.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (NIV)
This passage can be interpreted as the body’s theological function. It can also be interpreted in regards to how the body needs to relate and function one to another. Years ago, I was sitting in a church I was an assistant pastor at. It was a church full of life and love, and one I still have very fond thoughts of to this day.
The church was successful at pretty much everything it did. It was there my destiny seemed to be to pastor a church like that one. On that Sunday morning, I remember very clearly standing in the back by the sound booth admiring the crowd, with a sense of pride about the church filling my heart.
It was then I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me and pose the question, “What does a successful church look like?” Instantly, my balloon began to deflate, as I did not know the answer. I prayed and I began to wonder what exactly He was asking me! Thankfully, in His grace, He answered me and said, “Dan, it is not a full church or a church with money that is successful, but rather a church that is full of My people who are living out their God-intended purpose for Me.”
A Psalm 139 church.
Yes, I said it, a Psalm 139 church. The passage that stuck out to me the most was verse 16: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” That verse changed my entire perspective on ministry as a pastor and revealed to me what 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 meant.
It is a simple yet very profound meaning. 1 Corinthians 12 uses words like hands and feet, eyes, and so on. It talks about the dependence of the whole body on these separate parts; the importance of each body part is to do its seemingly insignificant job so the body as a whole can be successful.
When I saw that God had a specific plan that He himself wrote for each of us, and then layered it over the importance of each body part, my mission then became both exceedingly clear and urgent. I had to help people find out what they were made to do and to help them effectively do that that through mentoring, training, and opportunity.
Here at Evangel Heights, we looked deeply into who we are, and found the key passions and values that really speak to who we are. We will cover those in another post, but allow me to say that when we look at those values, it creates something that is needed in our community. It not only creates clarity about who we are, but it creates clarity, even passion, for the person sitting in the pew next to us. As they see our values lived out, if it lines up with what drives them, it is easier for them to find their God-intended purpose.
Words like “Care” and “Connect” all speak to each of us differently. They speak to what the Holy Spirit showed me that day. It all boils down to this… Friends, we are “Better Together.”
Stay tuned, as the best is yet to come!
Dan Corfield is the lead Pastor at Evangel Heights Church in Sarver, PA. He has served on staff for one and a half years. He and his wife Shawna have four boys.They are originally from Canada.