“Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And 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 the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they 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 the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
(1 Corinthians 12:14–26 )
A lot of students in our ministry go to different schools, play different sports (or don’t play sports at all), listen to different types of music, and generally don’t have much in common with each other. But isn’t that part of the wonder of Christian Fellowship? We don’t necessarily have to have tons in common with someone to have fellowship… so long as we have Christ in common!
Last week, every High School student received an envelope in the mail with a number of announcements and a puzzle piece with their name on the back which said, “You’re an important piece!” We’ll be putting our puzzle together over the coming weeks with those puzzle pieces symbolizing how much we need each other to be a complete youth group. Even if you’ve never attended youth group before (but your family attends EBC)… you’re still important to us and we need you to make us complete!
The puzzle is represents the bond we share because of Jesus Christ. We might not feel like we’ve got tons in common (and that could very well be the truth!), but if we share Jesus then we’re tied together. We’re going to spend eternity together, so why should we not talk now?
Students: Study the empty spaces on the puzzle and see who’s name is written in that blank space. Invite him or her to youth group and get to know him/her. Maybe that person doesn’t come because he/she’s never been invited by another teen and doesn’t think you care about his/her presence at all!
Parents: Encourage your teens to make some new friends! If your son/daughter goes to youth group, encourage them to mingle and to meet some new people this week (even to call up someone who doesn’t come and to invite him/her). If your son/daughter does not come, encourage him/her to be bold and to come… this is a great time to start coming to youth group!