14th March 2015
‘We work together as partners who belong to God.’ 1 Corinthians 3:9a (NLT)
The theme of 1 Corinthians chapter 3 is that the entire church needs to work together to reach a common goal: helping people know Christ. Distractions to that goal are worldly influences that take your attention away from the purpose. Jealousy or disagreements, for instance, can plant a seed of anger and divisiveness in your heart.
God’s design for the church is that its members will bring together all of the unique gifts He gave them. When the church diligently uses its gifts, lives can be transformed because ministry is happening the way God intended. Because each person has unique gifts, when everybody participates the ministry can thrive.
God’s plan is for us to partner with Him and partner with each other to fulfil His purposes. But the thing about partnerships is they’re made from parts. ‘We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others‘ (Romans 12:5 NLT).
Question to Consider
How do your gifts and abilities complement the others in your group?
Pray for there to be unity in the community and a oneness of spirit where we agree.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
Posted by King's Church London
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.