Saint Paul, Gestalt, and The Beatles.

Saint Paul, Gestalt, and The Beatles.

1 Corinthians 12:14-20

For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?  But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

In previous posts I wrote about Paul addressing peer pressure and being a team builder, how he understood the concept of team.

In these verses I found another example of Paul’s understanding of team.  I found another example of how he understood that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Paul writes about how each member of the team is important to that team.

Just like a good band. Continue reading

Biblical Teamwork

Biblical Teamwork

Romans 12:3-9

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.  For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

I read this passage from Paul’s letter to the Romans and my first thought was this is a very early example of Stephen Covey’s Habit number six, Synergize, or the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

It’s one of the first references in the Bible that I noticed about teamwork. Continue reading