Embrace Our Differences

God Values Our Differences


Rodney Cox is the President of Ministry Insights, an organization committed to provide biblically-based resources and processes that help believers develop Christ-centered relationships. Ministry Insights highlights every believer's uniqueness and calls us all to unity. In this first video, he shows us how a passage in 1 Corinthians calls us to embrace our differences.


1 Corinthians 12:12-18 (ESV)

One Body with Many Members

12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

14For the body does not consist of one member but of many.15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.17If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?18But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Do you ever feel that you do not have much to contribute to the church? What has led you (or might lead someone who deals with this issue) to think that way?
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How has Rodney's message encouraged you? What do you have to offer to the Body of Christ?
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What is a shortcoming of yours that could benefit from good fellowship with someone who has a strength in that area?
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God has made us all different from one another, wanting everyone to contribute to His mission. Not only does the church need what you have to offer, but you need others too, and there are some areas of difference that you cannot escape, nor should you want to. Listen to Rodney describe differences that we will inevitably encounter.


How do you normally approach problem solving? Are you more contemplative or aggressive? Why do you have this approach?
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Do you have problems working with the other side of this continuum? What is the hardest thing for you to do or accept when it comes to teamwork?
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What kind of problems are you most adept at solving? Why are you effective in this way? How can you use your skill with this particular kind of hurdle to help the work of your church?
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When you find your self rubbing up against different personalities and approaches in your community or church, don't let annoyance or judgment creep in. Think about the way that God has uniquely gifted every individual and work alongside those people who see things a little differently than you do.

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