• Jack Selcher

The Church Puzzle Parable (Part 2 of 3)


Every piece of the church puzzle is necessary. “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27, NIV). The picture of Christ that the church puzzle represents will not be clear if 75 percent of the puzzle pieces are criticizing or spectating from the comfort of the puzzle-box.


The church puzzle includes people who are the church, not just those who go to church. If you are trusting in Jesus as your personal Savior, being the church means ministering to others. Serving others is not optional for Christ followers.

The puzzle pieces are not in the box by accident. God has called and equipped you to play a significant role in advancing His rule on earth. “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7, NIV).

Your purpose is to be the best steward you can of the gift(s) the Spirit has given you. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. A believer who does not yet know his/her spiritual gifts is like a mechanic who does not recognize the tools in his/her toolbox or know how to use them. The sooner that’s corrected, the better.


Your gifts include your spiritual passion, spiritual gifts and temperament. For help in identifying these three, see Becoming an Enthusiastic Church, Chapter 7, Healthy Ministry. These gifts are part of your divine design. They point you toward your ministry. In addition, I encourage every church to list and regularly update all its ministries. Job descriptions for each ministry will help those still in the puzzle-box become a contributing part of the picture of Christ the church is to the world.

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