How Do We Grow?
“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as we see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Paul was concerned about the church when he said in 2 Corinthians 11:28, “and besides other things, I am under daily pressure because of my anxiety for all the churches.”
As the church we need to be more involved in bearing one another’s burdens, having in us the Barnabas type of compassion and encouragement. We need to be in prayer for each other, because prayer is one of the primary means by which we encourage one another as we truly learn to love each other.
We need to look for ways to encourage, support, cheer and contribute to each other’s spiritual growth and progress. Anyone who is “in Christ” is a member of His body - the body of Christ. As a part of the body he or she has a function to supply for the sake of the church, health and growth.
We must focus less on one another’s flaws and more on the soul, God’s perfection. Remember we as a local congregation, are a viable part of the kingdom of God.
If we really understand these things, wonderful things would happen for the church, the body of Christ.
Selected and adapted from: The Jesus Community by R. Shelly, J.O. York - Wayne Bacon - Shepherd