The Body of Christ
A Sermon on Romans 12:3-5
Gifts of Grace
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (ESV)
The Church as the body of Christ; an organic unity; variety in the parts; differing functions; each essential; none independent; each contributes to the whole; failure in one affects the whole body.