The Body Analogy

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12

If you are a Christian, you should seek fellowship with other believers. We should make it a priority to go to church; not just for your own good, but for the good of the others who attend. That’s part of the message of the body analogy the Bible uses to describe the followers of Christ.

Romans 12:4-5 puts it like this: “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.”

1 Corinthians 12:17-20 highlights the interdependence 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 placed 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.”

Moreover, the Lord has given us each spiritual gifts to help the body: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7). And 1 Peter 4:10 adds: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 

If you are a follower of Jesus, “don’t give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing.” (Hebrews 10:25a) Remember, you’re a member of the body of Christ, and to be spiritually healthy you need the body, and the body needs you.

Have you thought about your place in the body of Christ?


Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church