When you become a Christian, you die to being a separate entity and are born again as a member of the body of Christ.
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Cor. 12:13 (NKJV)
Salvation does not only create a change in your eternal destination, but also a change in your present status.
Your function in the Body is unique and determined by the gifts and abilities God gives you.
…He gives each person what he wants to give to them. 1 Cor. 12:11 (WE)
And the Holy Spirit gives each one a gift so that all people may be helped. 1 Cor. 12:7 (WE)
We are held together by our commitment to God and each other.
…holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. Colossians 2:19 (NKJV)
The whole body is joined and held together by every joint… Eph. 4:16 (WE)
Every member is needed and important.
14 …the body is not all one part, but has many parts. 15 Perhaps the foot says, ‘I am not the hand, so I do not belong to the body.’ But it is still a part of the body. 16 Perhaps the ear says, ‘I am not the eye, so I do not belong to the body.’ But it is still a part of the body. 17 If all of the body were an eye, how could we hear? If all the body were an ear, how could we smell? 18 The way it is now, God has put each part in the body in the place he wanted it. 19 If they were all one part, how could it be a body? 20 The way it is now, there are many parts, but it is one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I do not need you.’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I do not need you.’ 24 He did this so that the body would not be divided into groups, but all the parts would help each other. 25 Now, all of you together are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 26 If one part has trouble, then all the other parts are troubled too. If one part is praised, then all the other parts are glad with it. 1 Cor.12:7,11,14-21,24-26 (WE)
The end result is a Body that is healthy and fulfills God’s work.
12 These gifts are to make God’s people better able to do their work for him and to make the body of Christ become stronger. 13 …They are given so that we will be really grown-up Christians, like Christ himself. 16 It is from Christ that the whole body grows as each different part does its work. It grows so that it becomes stronger in love. Eph. 4:12-16 (WE)
Life Groups are meant to be heart-to-heart connections where we connect and grow in Christ’s life.
Ministries are meant to be shoulder-to-shoulder participation where we combine our gifts to fulfill Christ’s work.