The Church is not a building
Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already
went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made
human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation.
do we "Church"...
you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's
and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles
prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him
building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the
in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which
by his Spirit.
the women and
girls who read the human trafficking awareness posters that we place in
truckstop stalls, the unloved, the outcast, the misunderstood...
is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts
many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all
baptized by one
Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were
given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part
many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong
the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.
if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the
body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If
whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the
were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has
the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
were all one part, where would the body be?
As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The
eye cannot say to the
hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet,
"I don't need you!" On
contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are
the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.
parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while
presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the
of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so
there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have
concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with
it; if one
part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
spiritually lost who are looking for answers, volunteers, victims...
whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of
Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of
even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my
good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
survivors, those who need
prayer, and those who cry in thanks when we offer...