sermonette: Loyalty to the Body
How Much is the Church Worth?
David C. Grabbe
Given 17-Sep-16; Sermon #1341s; 20 minutes
David Grabbe, engagin in a futile exercise of estimating the total value of the creation, and a Creator, worth infinitely more than all the phenomena we can possibly see or comprehend, ponders how such a Creator would divest Himself of all His power, becoming flesh and blood like us, laying down His life. Nothing in existence has the relative worth of the Being Who has called us. When we consider the value of our calling, we must look at Paul's warning about discerning the Body of Christ more soberly, maintaining our loyalty to the body of believers, future fellow-heirs Christ has called. We are admonished to keep, not create, the unity of the Spirit. Whatever we do to the 'least' in Christ's body, we do to Christ. In our culture of rugged individualism, we need to learn that what we do and say can have a positive or negative effect on others at different levels of spiritual maturity. Some things that we know to be entirely lawful may not be expedient or edifying. We must be ready to set our own interests aside for the good of the whole, practicing the same values as our Heavenly Father and Elder Brother, Jesus Christ.
Culture of rugged individualism Eating and drinking the Passover in an unworthy matter Ephesians 4:1; 5:25 Exercise in futility I Corinthians 11:27 Keeping the unity in spirit Looking out for others 19 trillion dollar debt Philippians 2:3 Scope of the Creation Setting aside our interests for the good of the whole Value of the Mona Lisa 100 million dollars / 780 million dollars Value of planet earth