Tag Archives: body of Christ

  1. Healing Christ’s broken body (1 Corinthians 11:17-34) [sermon 8-27-2017]

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    August 25, 2017 by jmar198013

    In 1 Cor. 11.17-34, Paul envisions the Lord’s Supper not only as a time to remember the body and blood of Christ; but to heal the divisions in the body of Christ, the church. Jesus’ body was broken so his body, the church, would be whole.

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  2. Where everybody knows your name (Ephesians 4.1-16) [sermon 7-30-2017]

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    July 25, 2017 by jmar198013

    What can the church learn from the classic sitcom, “Cheers”? Probably a lot, according to Ephesians 4.1-16.

  3. The Word became flesh . . . (John 1.1-18) [Sermon 1-3-2016 Christmas 2c]

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    January 2, 2016 by jmar198013

    “The Word became flesh and dwelled among us” means that God has skin in the game. Always has, always will.

    The church’s job is to be–like Jesus–God’s skin in the game. In the life of the church–the body of Christ–the Word is to become flesh again and again.

  4. The Sermon on the Mount and the Church: the creative Word of God

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    March 5, 2014 by jmar198013

    Matthew’s Jesus tells the church, “You are the light of the world.” John’s Jesus proclaims that “I am the light of the world.” How can both be true? Because Jesus continues to be present in his church. Paul’s idea of the church as the body of Christ is not simply a crafty metaphor for the division of labor in the church, as most interpret it. Rather, it is an ontological description of our existence, character, and especially, our vocation. The Church is what happens when the creative Word of the Sermon on the Mount becomes flesh.

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