Lessons designed to promote the integrity of scripture and church!

I Corinthians 3:11“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is    JESUS CHRIST  

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How the Body Accomplishes its Work –

Christ’s Guidelines for this Work:

Predicated on the understanding principles divulged by the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 4:11-16), with the intent that they were given to establish the Body of Christ in just these principles of purpose, we will look into the work of the Body by these rules of order:

1.       Nothing the Body of Christ engages in can rend asunder the unity of the Spirit (one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God).

2.      There can only be the order that Jesus the Christ established within the Body of Christ (this demands that there cannot be a human organization or institution established apart from this) – Vs. 11.

3.      The work of the Body of Christ is ordained only by its King, and must not fall prey to the whims of what men think are good works – Vs. 12.

4.      Finally, the work that the bodies’ Head has given for it to accomplish, can only be accomplished by the Body. No saint can dismiss their responsibilities, as given by their King, on any other organization or institution by proxy. Each and every member of the Body of Christ must complete; themselves, the growth and edification of each Body in love!


Each Local Body of Christ is Authorized to do:

Save the Lost –

In the context of our study text (Ephesians 4:11-16), we once again draw attention to Vs. 12; “Edifying the Body of Christ”. This not only included, as we discussed in our previous study, the establishment of the Body; but additionally, the enlargement of the Body. 

Predicated on the guidelines for this work, we see that this is NOT accomplished by an organization (world ministry service, institution, etc…); but by the local Body of Christ.

If we take a look at Paul’s letter to the Christians in Philippi, we can see an active and approved pattern showing this very thing.

First, Paul prayed and gave thanks for their fellowship in the Gospel of Jesus as Christ from the beginning to the time of his writing to them (Philippians 1:5). Fellowship, by definition (and biblical application), is ‘joint participation in a common enterprise or goal’. Paul was writing this from confinement in Rome (Acts 28:30-31); however, after Paul left these Christians in the 2nd journey (Acts 16:40), they sent to his needs in the field time and again (Philippians 4:15-17). Not to a sponsoring Body or to an evangelical organization, but directly to him!!!

This allowed them to be in true fellowship with Paul in the Gospel, knowing that he only preached according to His commission (Acts 26:17-18; which demonstrates that they had to be able to know this in order to be in fellowship while supporting him).

Second, in no way does this dismiss their responsibility to save the lost! They could NOT be in fellowship with Paul in the Gospel, no matter how much money they sent, unless they were themselves engaged in spreading the Gospel in their own community.  

By this pattern, we see the Lord’s method for saving the lost. Each local Body of Christ teaching and preaching the Gospel in their own communities, then supporting qualified men in the field directly, to preach and teach the Gospel in other areas.

2 Timothy 2:2And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

Note: This pattern shared by Paul in this letter to the Christians at Philippi, fulfills every one of the guidelines of the Lord!

1.      The unity of the Spirit is protected!

2.     The order of the Body of Christ is protected (King – local shepherds), versus boards of directors, etc…

3.     The wisdom of the Lord is simply followed!

4.     Each and every saint in the Body of Christ is engaged and none have passed their responsibilities off by proxy!

In addition, when the local Body of Christ is creating by sound doctrine a membership that is active and engaged, there is a since of joy within the Body of Christ in fulfilling its purpose (this is the overlaying theme of Paul’s letter to these Christians).

“But our members won’t teach or preach to the community?” Some may say.

When this was the problem among Christians, did Paul throw the Lord’s wisdom out the window for human wisdom? No way!

Titus 1:5For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you”

Titus 2:1-10But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; 3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

6 Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, 7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

Only true order and doctrine, as established through the Doctrine of Christ fixes the problems (not introducing human wisdom). In fact, one of the greatest impairments to the local Body of Christ today, is the pew occupying Christian. Not that they should not be at worship services, but the strange idea that they have somehow met a quota of service by just being there.

In fact, it must be instructed often and enforced by example (shepherds), that this collective work of saving the lost (as well as each item we look into), must be something we are working on both in the ‘how too’, and the ‘performance of’, every single day of our journey here on earth.

If the Apostles of Jesus Christ, having been given the Great Commission, had not reproduced many more followers of Christ with the same understanding of this great work, the commission would never have disseminated to our benefit (Matthew 28:18-20). When we look around and see the attrition of the Body of Christ and wonder what the evangelist is doing about it, or the elders; there’s the problem. No, we don’t need another organization to do this; the Lord needs true servants to do this!!!

Next: “Making Evangelists, Preachers, and Youth Ministers?”