A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP
                                                 1 Corinthians 12:12-14,24-26 (848)

   Introduction
       A.  As Christians we enjoy a special relationship.
       B.  This relationship is emphasized in the song on page 656 in our songbook.
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             Words by:
             Melody by:
             Arranged by:
   I.  Verse 1

       A.  One of the ties that binds us together is love.

             1.  God loves us.  1 John 4:7-11 (901)

             2.  The example of Christ.  1 John 3:16

             3.  Love is a mark of discipleship.  John 13:34-35 (793)

       B.  “The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above”

             1.  Unity of the Godhead.

             2.  Jesus prayed for unity among His disciples.  John 17:20-23

  II.  Verse 2

       A.  We are blessed to pray to God together.  Hebrews 4:14-16 (885)

       B.  We have similar concerns.  Examples:

       C.  We enjoy many blessings.  Ephesians 1:3 (863); 2 Peter 1:2-4 (897)

III.  Verse 3

       A.  We are to bear one another’s burdens.  Galatians 6:1-2 (862)
             Examples: James 5:16 (894); Hebrews 13:3 (891); James 1:27 (892); Romans 12:15(838

IV.  Verse 4

       A.  We feel pain when we are separated from the ones we love.  Acts 20:36-38 (821)

       B.  “But we shall be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.” I Peter 1:3-6 (894)

Conclusion:  We should be diligent to preserve our special relationship.