On This Rock...
3 *For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sound judgment, according to the measure of faith God has distributed to every man. 4 *For just as we have many parts in one body, and not all parts have the same function, 5 *so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and all are parts of one another. 6 *We have diverse gifts according to the grace that is given to us: if prophecy, according to the proportion of faith; 7 *if service, in serving; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 *he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with generosity; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
12 *For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the many parts of that one body are one body, so also is Christ. 13 *For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether we are slaves or free, and we have all been made to drink of one Spirit. 14 The body is not one part, but many.
15 If the foot says, “Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 *But now God has established the parts, every one of them, in the body as it has pleased Him. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 So there are many parts, yet one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, those parts of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those parts of the body which we think are less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor. And our less respectable parts are treated with much more respect, 24 whereas our more respectable parts have no need of this. But God has composed the body, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacks it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that the parts should have the same care for one another. 26 *If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts rejoice with it.
27 *Now you are the body of Christ and members individually. 28 *God has put these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, and various tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have the gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 *But earnestly covet the greater gifts.
But I’m too young!!
12 *Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. 13 Until I come, give attention to reading, exhortation, and doctrine. 14 *Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the elders.
15 Meditate on these things. Give yourself completely to them, that your progress may be known to everyone. 16 *Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
6 *Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the laying on of my hands. 7 *For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control. 8 *So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, His prisoner. But share in the sufferings of the gospel by the power of God, 9 *who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not by our works, but by His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 *but is now revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 *for which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 *For these things I suffer, but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that Day.
13 *Follow the pattern of sound teaching which you have heard from me in the faith and love that is in Christ Jesus. 14 *Guard the treasure that was committed to you through the Holy Spirit who lives in us.