Variety in the Garden: Christians are unique and gifted individuals within a larger family.
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Plants of different colors, sizes, and objectives can be found in the average garden. Some provide food for the table while others are for more aesthetic purposes—bound for vases, perhaps, or for bouquets for a sweetheart. Each
garden is designed and planted according to the intent of the gardener. Combinations of uniqueness and similarity can be found within its borders, all serving the gardener’s purpose.
God has intentionally designed his church in a similar way. It is comprised of people who have the common bond of being followers of his Son, Jesus Christ, yet who in themselves are both like and unlike one another. As members of the body of Christ, we are part of a larger family, yet we are each individually God’s peculiar handiwork.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:3–8, 15; 1 Corinthians 12:12–31;
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: A Christian is part of a larger family.
Teaching point two: A Christian is an individual within the family.
Teaching point three: A Christian is to serve and be served within his or her church family.
Apply Your Findings
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