1 Corinthians 12: 12-26 – Children in the Church

This week in our Rooted in Christ, we are going to continue in a path of that we started last week, look at finding our role in the church.  Last week we talk about the vine and branches.  This week we will be looking at 1 Corinthians 12: 12-26.  We will be talking about spiritual gifts.  

Today, though, before we move into the worlds of the text, I wanted to talk a little about children in the life of the church.  This coming Sunday at St. Matthew’s will be our children’s Sabbath.  Now, in the service, our children will take on many of the roles of leading worship, I’m surprised that Kate Gibbs, our Direct of Children’s Ministry is still letting me preach this Sunday, though probably not for many more years.  

One of the things that stick out to me about this passage is when it says the members of the body that appear to weaker are actually indispensable.  That is what children are to the church. They are indispensable.  Without them, the church cannot live. Without them, the church cannot survive. They are essential to our churches. They are essential to the body. 

In the Body of Christ, the weakest among us should be among the most valued.  They should be lifted up. The frail should be stood up for.  

We do Children’s Sabbath for many reasons here, but primary among them is this. Children matter and are essential to who we are. They are as much as part of the church as I am and as you are.  Never forget that.  Never take children for granted.  Let us live our lives and structure our churches so that our kids always have a place. 

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