One of the most common metaphors for the church in the New Testament is the body of Christ. Paul says clearly in 1 Corinthians 12:27, “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” In Romans 12, he says, “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
This has several implications for us as a church.
First, it means we have a responsibility to each other – to serve one another and care for one another. No part is more important than the other. We all need each other.
It also means that we present a better picture of Christ and the gospel together than we do apart. Each one of us is only a part of the body. We have a role and function to play. But for the body to really function as it should, we need all the parts functioning together.
This is one of the reasons we believe mission is done best in the context of community. Jesus said, “The world will know us by our love for one another.” When we love and care for one another as equal parts of a body and then function together under the leadership of the head, Jesus, we have an incredible opportunity to make God known.
The primary environment we accomplish this at Arise is through missional communities. Missional communities are simply a family of missionary servants sent out to make disciples who make disciples. Here, we covenant together to love one another as family and serve each other and our community as the body of Christ. For more information on missional communities, click here.