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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5886 individualism
5886 individualism

5886 individualism

The recognition of individuality, of the differences between particular people, and of their special gifts, needs and character. In a negative sense, the term can mean placing the needs of individuals above those of the church as a whole, which is contrary to the biblical emphasis on all believers sharing in the common ministry of the body of Christ.

Individualism stresses the differences between people

Recognising people’s special gifts 1Co 12:4-6 See also Ro 12:6-8; 1Co 12:8-11,28-30; Eph 4:11; Heb 2:4; 1Pe 4:10

Recognising people’s abilities and opportunities Mt 25:14-15 See also Lk 19:12-13; 1Co 4:7

Individualism and the church

Recognising the parts people play in the church, the body of Christ 1Co 12:12 See also Ro 12:4-5; 1Co 12:14,17-20,27

Individualism must not emphasise the individual at the expense of the church as a whole 1Co 12:21-26 See also Ro 12:3,10,16; Php 2:3

Contrary to self-seeking individualism, believers should share in the common ministry of the body of Christ Ac 2:42 See also Ac 2:44; Ac 4:34-35; 2Co 8:13-14; 2Co 9:13; Heb 13:16

See also

3275Holy Spirit in the church
7025church, unity
7032unity, God’s people
7110body of Christ
7943ministry in church
8437giving talents

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