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One Body, Many Parts

One Body, Many Parts


Title: “One Body, Many Parts” – Sermon by Denise Conway (Date: May 28, 2023)

In her sermon, “One Body, Many Parts,” Denise Conway emphasizes the importance of unity and individuality within the Church, focusing on the passage from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. Conway demonstrates how, like a body comprised of different but equally valuable parts, the Church is made up of diverse individuals who together form the body of Christ.

In this text, the Apostle Paul uses the metaphor of the body to stress the interconnectedness of all members of the Church. Each part, no matter how insignificant it may seem, has a vital role to play. Conway warns against the dangers of pride and division, citing verses from Romans, Philippians, and Proverbs to underscore the value of humility and unity within the Church.

She echoes C.S. Lewis’s sentiment of avoiding becoming a “connoisseur of churches,” instead urging congregants to value their unique gifts and roles within their local church body. In the words of Conway, “I have value as an individual and should use my spiritual gifts as a member of the body/church.”

Conway further highlights that all Christians are of equal worth, and no one should be looked down upon or excessively honored based on their spiritual gifts. In a poignant statement, she asserts, “Pride causes division, Humility causes unity.”

To conclude, Conway brings attention to the supremacy of love. While certain roles within the Church are essential, it is love, the fruit of the Spirit, that is paramount. She reminds her audience of Jesus’s words in John 13:35, urging them to demonstrate their discipleship through love for one another. In this way, the Church, like a healthy, well-functioning body, can grow and build itself up in love.