God designed the Church to function and grow like a body.
The Body Life training category on this site seeks to answer the following questions.
What does the Bible teach about God's design for the Church?
Let's begin by remembering whose Church we are:
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Eph. 1:22-23)
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Col. 1:18)
With this understanding, it only makes sense, then, that we function in accordance with the blueprint found in God's Word. Click on the links below to learn more about what the Bible teaches about God's design for the Church.
What does it look like to follow God's design for Church Body Life?
When we arrive at a biblical understanding of God's design, we realize that the Church is more about our relationship with Him and one another than it is about the building in which we meet or the programs we offer.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Rom. 12:4-5)
The one another commands of Scripture provide the practical outworking of following His design for Body Life. Click below for an overview:
We specifically see the one anothers lived out in the following ways:
What happens when we follow God's blueprint for Church Life?
As in all areas of our lives, following God's ways leads to the best outcome and ultimate good. The benefits become obvious.
The Body Life Ministry Manual contains much of what you can read in this training category plus more.