Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Body in the Reformation
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1 Corinthians 12.20

A group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; “the whole body filed out of the auditorium”
WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

1 Corinthians 12
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body,
as it hath pleased Him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

Johann Gutenberg 1398-1399
Without his invention, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses could not have been widely distributed so quickly.

Guillaume Farel 1489-1565
A fiery French preacher who help establish the Reformation in French speaking Geneva, Switzerland and an exhorter and encourager who convinced the great theologian John Calvin
to stay and minister in the city.

Thomas Poyntz
Poyntz was the English business man who provided a way for William Tyndale to stay in an English merchant’s boarding house and do his important work.

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and other tracts were printed on an invention, the movable type printing press, invented by Johann Gutenberg.
John Calvin was encouraged to stay in Geneva by Guillenum Farrell.
William Tyndale was protected and given a place to stay while he was in hiding by Thomas Poyntz.

Are you part of Christ’s body?
What part will you be in the body?

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