If your church body took the form of a human body, how healthy would it be? Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 both talk about how we as a “body of believers” should function and work together as one. There is one head – Jesus. There are lots of parts, but one body.
If I were to be honest, even my church (and I do love my church) would resemble a zombie more than a healthy functioning human being. Why is that? Maybe it’s because sometimes Jesus is not the head of our “body of believers.” Maybe there are too many people that are not doing their part. Maybe we just have too many jobs that people feel that somebody else can do the job better. Whatever the reason, we have a problem church!
One of the reasons I love Sunday School is because each class is unique. The church may not function the way it should, but sometimes a class does. If at least one Sunday School class is healthy and functioning, it can drastically improve the chances of God doing something incredible in that church and community. That is the Power of One.
Together there is so much more we can do than one person can do alone. 9 Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. 10 For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? 12 And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (HCSB)
Don’t rob others of the opportunity to be a part of God’s great work in your church and community. Get as many people involved as possible. We weren’t meant to do it alone.
Your Sunday School class could be a healthy, functioning example of a body of Christ. My advice is to pay attention to the head of the body – Jesus Christ. Then, seek to involve and engage as many people as possible in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Sean Keith is the Sunday School/Discipleship Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Website: www.revseankeith.com; Twitter: @revseankeith.