1 Corinthians 12 “The purpose of the church”

Jul 02 2018

1 Corinthians 12
The purpose of the church

In the 12th chapter of 1st Corinthians Paul takes up a new question that will be addressed for the next three chapters “spiritual matters”. He had spoke to them concerning fleshly matters (practical matters) here he moves to deal with things of more the super natural realm. In the 12th chapter we look at gifts of the spirit in the body of Christ. Then in the 13th chapter Paul will address what the exercise of the Gifts of the Spirit ought to produce in the individual believer’s life, “love” or the fruit of the Spirit. Then in the 14th chapter Paul will conclude with order by the Spirit in the Christian service.

In the first 11 verses of this chapter Paul outlines for us three important truths concerning the gifts:

a. Vs. 1-3 The purpose of the gifts
b. Vs. 4-6 The power in the gifts
c. Vs. 7-11 The point in the gifts
I suppose that any discussion on this subject would not be appropriate without first examining what the purpose of the Church is. There are three views that tend to dominate most of society’s opinion of what the purpose of the Church is:

1. A great many think the purpose of the Church is to hold once a week meetings and every thing is geared towards that meeting.

2. Some think that it is social welfare agency designed to meet the needs of the community it has been placed in.

3. Others view it as a religious country club in which like people gather together to enjoy each other’s company.

I suppose that in some form all of those activities could be seen in the Church but that is not what the purpose of the Church is for. The Church is not a religious organization it is a living organism, which has been created and empowered by the Lord who is its head as well as indwells all who have been born by His Spirit. In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus outlined six things that make up His Church when He told a synagogue in Nazareth that. “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Here they are:

1. Preach the gospel to the poor
2. To heal the brokenhearted
3. To proclaim liberty to the captives
4. And recovery of sight to the blind
5. To set at liberty those who are oppressed
6. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD
It is for this purpose that that the gifts of the Spirit have been given to His Church. Jesus’ Church ought to adopt this statement of purpose:
Our motive is only for the glory of God
Our message is only the gospel of God
Our manpower is all the Church of God
Our might is only by the Spirit of God
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!