In the first chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul thanks God that through his generous outpouring of grace, the letter's recipients were not lacking any spiritual gift (vv. 4-7). What we often miss when reading in English is that when Paul says "you are not lacking", the word "you" is plural. In other words, it wasn't as though each individual was lacking nothing; they were made whole when the collective body of Christ was functioning together in unity, which is a constant theme throughout 1 Corinthians. At Bridge-Builders, we believe that every individual member and segment of the body of Christ has something to offer the rest of the body. That also means that every member has something to learn from other parts of the body. As we work with students and church leaders, we enter into a process of mutual growth as every party involved is conformed more thoroughly to the image of Christ (Eph. 4:13).


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