The Body of Christ

The Bible uses several analogies to teach us about God's Church—how it is organized, how it works and how we should relate to the Church and each other. One of these compares the Church with something close at hand—our amazing human

Who is the Head of the Church?
And He [Christ] is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence" (Colossians 1:18).
"And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all" (Ephesians 1:22-23).
Paul explained Christ's leadership role in the church, not only as the head of a body, but as a husband who "loved the church and gave Himself for her" (Ephesians 5:25).
Christ nourishes and cherishes the church; He made the ultimate sacrifice for it. The Church, in thankfulness and appreciation of His sacrifice, serves Him.
What part do all members play in the effective working of the The Body of Christ?
 "But, speaking the truth in love, [we] may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love" (Ephesians 4:15-16).
"But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it" (1 Corinthians 12:24-26).

God calls and places each member individually in the Body where he or she can best grow and serve for the benefit of the entire Body.
Becoming a member of Church means that you are becoming a part of a spiritual family and are joining us on the most important and exciting journey you will ever take.If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it. Or if one part of our body is honored, all the other parts share its honor. 1 Corinthians12:26
As participating members you learn to care about others and share the experiences of others. Only regular contact with ordinary, imperfect believers can we learn real fellowship and experience the New Testament truth of being connected and dependent on each other.

As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:16
You will never grow to maturity just by attending worship services and being a passive spectator. Only participation in the full life of a local church builds spiritual muscle.
The Body of Christ needs you. A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. 1 Corinthians 12:7
God has a unique role for you to play in his family. This is called your ministry and God has gifted you for this assignment. Your local fellowship is the place God
designed for you to discover, develop and use your gifts.

He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we better be doing. Ephesians 2:10
The church is God’s instrument on earth. We are not just to model God’s love by loving each other; we are to carry it together to the rest of the world. As members of Christ’s body we are his hands, his feet, his eyes and his heart. He works through us in the world.