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The Apostle Paul, writing to the community of believers in Corinth, likened the Church to a body: "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body — whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many." (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)

Paul elaborated on this theme in his letter to the believers in Rome. "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." (Romans 12:4-8)

Paul's words are a blueprint for a healthy church. They tell us that church should be an inclusive community, embracing people from all walks of life. They also tell us that the church should be empowering individuals in the community to recognise their unique gifts and to use them effectively, for just as the human body cannot function at full capacity unless all its constituent parts are working together, so the church cannot truly live up to its calling unless the individuals within it are working together in the roles that God has equipped them for.     

In other words, the church community can thrive only when individuals sow into it with their time and talents. Not only that, individuals tend to feel more fulfilled when they are active participants in community life rather than simply passive observers.

If you have been coming to C3 Mumbai regularly you will likely have heard about the Journey Series, our four-part course on the beliefs, values and culture of C3 Mumbai and the global C3 community. The Journey Series is designed to help you make C3 Mumbai your home and find your niche in the community. It is an open invitation to anybody who wants to be involved in what C3 Mumbai is doing.

The course outlines C3 Mumbai's core beliefs. This is useful if you are starting out on your journey with Jesus or are simply exploring what Christianity is all about. It is also a great refresher for long-time believers — it is always good to get back to basics once in a while to remind ourselves of the fundamentals of Christ's message and why we believe what we believe.

The Journey Series will also give you a good insight into the culture of C3 Mumbai as well as more practical matters such as how the church is funded and how it fits into the wider C3 community. If you have questions about the leadership structure of C3 Mumbai, who the leaders are accountable to, and what our vision is for this city, these will be addressed in the course.

Lastly, the Journey Series will help you discover your spiritual gifts and how to make the most of them. For many people, this is one of the most exciting aspects of the course as it can reveal things about ourselves that we never knew before.

The Journey Series is open to everybody. Whether you've been attending church for years or you've never heard Jesus' teachings before, you are welcome. Each session is conducted in a seminar format to encourage discussion and to allow you the chance to ask any questions you might have about the Christian faith and church life. 

See you there!