7 Ways the Body of Christ Works Together

The Body of Christ. It’s an incredible team. The brilliance of its design can only be attributed to the God of the Bible. (If you don’t know what I’m talking, you may find it helpful to refer to this post.)

Maybe you follow Jesus and are part of this incredible Body of Christ. Or maybe you’re standing off to the side wondering what it’s all about. Either way, let’s look together at some of the ways the members of this body work together (with affirmations from the Bible).

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You can assume that for all of the following verses, the writer is speaking to or about members of the Body of Christ.

#1. They help each other along on the same journey

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

-1 Thessalonians 5:11

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

-Hebrews 10:24-25

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,

-Ephesians 5:18-19

 

#2. They cause each other to praise God

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

-2 Corinthians 9:12-13

 

#3. They complement each other

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,

-1 Corinthians 12:21-23

 

#4. They comfort each other

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

-1 Corinthians 12:26

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

-2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 

#5. They reflect the mindset of Christ for the world to see

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

-Philippians 2:1-8

 

#6. They share an indescribable joy

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

-1 Peter 1:8-9

 

#7. They provide each other with accountability and prayer

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

-1 John 1:7

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

-Ephesians 5:8-11

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

-James 5:16

 

This post is a compilation of Bible verses which express various ways in which the members of the Body of Christ work together. But it’s not an exhaustible list…

…so let’s talk!

  • In practice, how do you think the Body of Christ measures up to this list? Does it general do a good job or not?
  • Have you noticed other ways that the Body of Christ works together?
  • Do you have any stories of how you’ve personally witnessed unity and diversity between its members?
  • What does the design tell you about the Designer?
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6 thoughts on “7 Ways the Body of Christ Works Together

  1. Hey, Jordy!! I just started reading your blog a few days ago, and I decided I would pop in and comment on this post!
    ‘How does the Body of Christ measure up to this list?’ You know, that’s a really good question. Not only one that the church as a whole should ask, but each of us as individuals should regularly check ourselves and see if we are truly applying these verses that you posted, or just simply reading them. To answer your question, I feel like the American church as a whole can do a lot more than it is doing now. Someone I know once said that he searched, ‘Why is the church so…’ and waited to see what would come up. Instead of loving or unified or kind, what popped up was judgmental…divided…segregated… We need to change our nation’s view of the church! You are a true and strong Christian, Jordy, and I know a lot of other strong Christians, too. Together, we should encourage everyone to live out their faith so that people will start seeing the church as a unified and loving vessel God will use to carry His message to the whole world! =)
    -Ariel

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    1. Hi Ariel! I already see you around on so many other blogs that I follow, so I was so happy to see you here! Welcome to this little corner! 😉

      Wow, your story about the Google search that the person you know did – it really stuck with me. I mean really. I Googled the same thing that he/she did and got the same sort of results. And then I tried it again with “Christians” instead of “the Church” and it finished my search of with “mean”. How sad is that? I think – like you said – we need to individually examine our own lives. Maybe one question to ask is, “do the lost people who know me think that Christians are mean or that the Church is divided on because of the example I set?” On Hosanna and Hosanna’s blog, we’ve discussed witnessing – using our mouths to actually, literally tell people about Jesus. I think your little story demonstrates the importance of ALSO living the life we talk about. Otherwise, what sort of a skewed message does that send?

      And yes, let’s encourage each other, and other born-again Christians to live out our faith! What’s one way (or more if you want!) that you can live out God’s design for the Body of Christ this week? I’ll think about something specific that I can do, too. By the grace of God, we may be able to make some sort of a difference in our own little spheres of influence. 🙂

      Anyway, I might scare you off if I write much longer. 😛 But I was wondering, do you have a blog? I would love to see it if you do! X)

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      1. First thing I want to say is I LOVE LONG COMMENTS SO THANK YOU. ❤
        Man, the results of your search are heart-breaking. Until recently, I never knew that the majority of people in our nation thought of Christians that way. I think that that is maybe because a lot of people say that they are Christians, but they don't live like Christians. Or perhaps they have believed in Jesus and are saved, but have not let that change their life in a way that others will notice. You're definitely not one of those people FOR SURE. =) Yeah, those witnessing conversations on Hannah and Hosanna's blogs were pretty epic. Pretty disappointing that I missed out on yours! =( Maybe I should do one on mine sometimes….
        Speaking of which, I do have a blog! It is private, though, so I'll have to ask my mom if you can be invited. =)
        -Ariel

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      2. Well I’m glad you appreciated my long comment. 😉

        I can only agree. Indeed, I think that many people are willing – even eager – to call themselves a christian, but not to truly live out what Jesus calls His followers to do. Following Jesus isn’t easy, after all!

        Thank you for your kind words! If you think that I – or anyone else for that matter – live out the Christian life, may it be to the praise of God who called us!

        No worries either way about your blog. Let me know what your mom says. 🙂

        It’s lovely to talk with you, Ariel!

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  2. You’re obviously put a lot of thought into this series Jordy! I’m enjoying it. 🙂

    I find this list to be quite convicting.. because I think the overall reputation of the Body of Christ comes down to individual members. So I have to ask myself: am I living up to my role as a member, am I helping, complementing, comforting others? It’s kind of sobering.

    But yes, the design of the Body of Christ and how it all works together is a wonderful example of our Creator, and I think if it functions how He designed, it can be one a most powerful witness to nonbelievers as well.. Do you see this tying in with our discussions on witnessing?

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    1. I like how you put it: “the overall reputation of the Body of Christ comes down to individual members.” I agree. And it is, like you said, sobering. What kind of witness do I leave? Does my way of interacting with other Christians match the things I’m discussing with people of the lost world?

      Which leads me to your question. I do think this ties in with our whole witnessing discussion! Imagine the skewed image the Church would portray if it preached the Gospel of peace, and then acted like chaos – not being unified or gracious within itself. Sadly, I don’t think this is limited to our imaginations. Good question! What about you? Do you see the design of the body of Christ tying in with the discussion on witnessing? How?

      Also, thank you for your kind words. May God be glorified.

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