Build One Another Up When Together
You don’t need a seminary education. You don’t have to be an ordained minister or a spiritual superstar. All you need is the Holy Spirit, and you have that! It’s time to suit up and start guarding the gospel.
However gifted you might be at talking to teenagers or working on the website, your presence at corporate worship is a far more essential and significant way to serve the flock
When needs are met, thanksgiving abounds, obedience is manifested, the church is built up, and God is glorified!
On this next Lord’s Day, I hope you will sing from the bottom of your heart with gratitude to the Lord as an act of worship.
So, how can we protect sound doctrine? First and foremost, by filling our church with it. God’s truth is never as vulnerable as when it’s rarely received.
Let’s cleanse out the old leaven of sin both corporately through corrective church discipline and individually as we fight by grace the sin in our own lives.
How can you best prepare to hear God’s word on the Lord’s Day? Here are four suggestions.
Building One Another Up When Apart
Hospitality is not the responsibility of extroverts but of every church member.
You don’t need to be a disciple-making guru. You just need to be available. You don’t need to be a theologian. You just need to be a means of grace to other disciples.
We all know how terribly trite it feels to ask God over and over again to help out your fellow church members with their health, safety, or money problems. So how do we pray without just repeating ourselves?
In Matthew 18:10–20 Jesus isn’t merely calling pastors or church leaders to corral wandering sheep. He’s calling every church member. In other words, he’s calling you.
Members of the blood-bought church of Jesus Christ have a holy calling to put up with one another.
Go and make every effort to pursue unity. I know it’s hard. But it’s good for you.
Our days and our words are numbered, and before long we will have to give an account to God for how we used them.
Coming up with a list of what makes a good church member seems like an easy enough thing to do—until you try it.
To really love another is a spiritual exercise. It requires massive internal commitment to kill every visible sin, to resist every temptation, to cling to every good, and to reject every evil.
Who are the outcasts in your community? Who is overlooked? And when are they coming over for dinner?
If Paul’s words, “If one member suffers, all suffer together” are realized in our churches, it will be through the labor of Spirit-empowered imagination.
Building Up Your Pastors
Don’t let your pastors live on a ministry island. Let them get to know you, and the Lord’s love for them through you. They need you.
Where do we find the books that tell us how to look after those who look after us?
God’s Word languishes in the pulpit because churches have been taught to invest in buildings and projects, not men who have given themselves to the ministry of the Word.
Building Up By Reaching Out
When it comes to the Christian life, when it comes to how members of different gospel-preaching churches ought to relate to one another, we need to change our strategy.
When we think of being a good witness, we should do so with other believers in mind so that our witness might be amplified.
Do you remember what happened in the Garden of Eden after Adam disobeyed? He pursued him—and he’s has been doing that with sinners ever since.
SHOW NOTES Article: Invite Your Pastors into Your Life (with Omar Johnson)
SHOW NOTES Article: Evangelize the Lost, by Eric Bancroft
SHOW NOTES Article: Speak Only What Is Good to Give Grace, by Josh Manley
Generally speaking, pastors should be financially supported by the people they minister to. Agree or disagree?
Church members have the holy calling of “putting up with one another”—or, as the Bible puts it, forbearing with one another.