Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Are YOU the Weakest Link?

We have all the seen the British-based game show that swept our nation during the latter part of last year. The title was "The Weakest Link." The object of the game was for each team to answer the maximum number of questions correctly, creating a link of monetary winnings that grew exponentially with each correct answer. Whenever a question was answered incorrectly, the link was broken, and the team had to begin compounding money again. At the end of each round, the team voted off the "weakest link" until one player was declared the winner, or the strongest link.

In the church, God has given us all a part of the ministry. We have specific gifts, ministries and callings that help us to serve the Body of Christ. Since we are all a vital part of the ministry work, there is no room for a "weak link."

Take an assessment of the Body of Christ today. Would God be pleased? Are we saving souls as we should? Are we caring for the sick and hungry as we should? Are we upholding the law of the Lord as we should? If not, why? Are YOU the weakest link?

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Are You the Weakest Link?

  • Clich├ęs worth pondering…
  • A team is only as good as its leader.
  • Two heads are better than one.
  • There is power in numbers.
  • A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

THE BIBLE SAYS...

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9 - Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
  • Ecclesiastes 4:12 - And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
  • Amos 3:3 - Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
  • Matthew 18:20 - For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Scriptural Texts:

  • 1 Corinthians 1:10, 11, 13, 26-31

Supporting Texts:

  • Romans 12:3-21
  • 1 Corinthians 12

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10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF A STRONG LINK

  • 1 Corinthians 12:2
  • 2 Corinthians 13:1
  • James 4:10
  • Romans 8:14
  • James 4:6

1. Walk in unity
2. Speak the same things / agree in doctrine
3. Same mind and judgement
4. Joined by the mind of Christ
5. Called of God
6. Exalted by the hand of God
7. Spirit-led
8. Wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption
9. Humility
10. Glory only in God

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CHARACTERISTICS OF A WEAK LINK

  • Proverbs 17:11
  • James 4:4

1. Division and strife / rebellion
2. Rumors and negative reports
3. Led by strengths of the flesh rather than strengths of the Spirit (i.e. worldly knowledge, wealth, fame, etc.)
4. Abased by God
5. Glory in fleshly things

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