The one thing I am discovering as I write these up for here is that I think I deliver better in person that i do writing on here, but i could be wrong.
Session 2 Saturday Morning – The body of Christ:
1 Cor 12:12-31
So what does it really mean to be a part of this body?
Well it means we all have a responsibility; we all have a part to play, even if we dont think we have or dont know what it is we are still a needed part of the body. Sometimes we like to try and come up with excuses as to why its not our responsibility, why we are ok just sitting on the edge, I dont know enough, I dont have the time, I did I once 20 years ago (this is one I hear occasionally when trying to get people to help, oh yes I did the holiday club 5 years ago so Ive done my bit), or perhaps this one would be better for you Im too young.
Paul wrote to a guy called Timothy and this is one of the things he said:-
Do not let anyone treat you as if you are unimportant because you are young. Instead, be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life.
We can come up with as many excuses as we like as to why this or for that matter any other part of the bible doesnt apply to us, we may feel like we have nothing to offer the church, our Christian community, but our presence can make a difference often we might not now what we are contributing, it could be something as simple as someone else is encouraged to see you sitting in church. But we do all have gifts that God has given us, even if we dont recognise them yet ourselves.
One of the things I would like to encourage you to do this weekend, is to think not about yourself and your gifts, but about your friends and the people you get to know while you are here, what gifts have you seen in them, how do they help or encourage you? Then if someone has encouraged you in some way or blessed you some way then please take the time to encourage them by telling them about it.
But also be thinking about how you can bless and encourage others while you are here, sometimes we need to think before we open our mouths, how does what Im about to say encourage the person Im about to say it too, sometimes we open our mouths without thinking and we say something hurtful without realising, and then we need to be prepared to say sorry, even when we think it has done no harm, the good that can come from going up to someone and saying look earlier I said to you and I was out or order and Im sorry, its not true and I dont really think that about you, incredibly powerful words.
If your not sure what your gifts are, or think you havent got any and your worried about that then make time to speak to any of the leaders, cos we would love to talk and pray with you.
We would love for you to leave Yellow Braces knowing that you do have a place within the body, even if you still dont know exactly what it is we want you to know that you are important and that you do fit in.