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.
Go and make every effort to pursue unity. I know it’s hard. But it’s good for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pastors, anxiety is probably running rampant in your church. So how do you shepherd your people to respond to anxiety rightly? You teach them about God’s character, God’s promises, and God’s songs.