Paul misses his friends.

by Don Merrit

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and […]

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Who Is My Neighbor?

by ThePreachersWord

“Few parables challenge us more than this simple story, commonly known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan,” opined Dennis Allan in yesterday’s Florida College Lectures.

This parable basis was Jesus’ response to a Jewish religious leader who was testing Jesus and trying to trap him.

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Christian Relationships

In this section, Paul gives insight to how Christians should behave in the major personal relationships of daily life.  In 3:18-19, he speaks of husbands and wives, in 3:20-21 he speaks of parents and children, and from 3:22-4:1, masters and slaves, or today we would say employers and employees.  If you think about it, we spend most of our waking lives in one of these relationships, at least most of us do.

We can easily sum up all of these relationships by saying that in each, we are to put others ahead of ourselves. This is certainly true in Paul’s instructions to husbands and wives, even though he uses language in verse 18 that isn’t modern.  That wives should put their husbands first may not sound contemporary, but husbands are also to put their wives first.  This might be a little clearer in the parallel passage in Ephesians 5:22-33.

The same thing is true of the relationship between parents and children.  Both are to put the other first, giving honor where honor is due and giving love and nurture where they are due.  In the case of master and slave, or employer and employees, we have again the idea that both are to consider the other, with workers doing their very best always “as working for the Lord” and the boss is told to always do what is fair and right “because you know that you have a Master in heaven.”

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Be an Influencer

Therefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:18 

The new era of social networking has given an old word a new meaning: influencer. Traditionally, an influencer was someone who influenced others. That’s the new use of the word as well, but in a new context: social media platforms. Influencers are mostly young people who can sway lifestyle trends by their endorsements, videos, product placements, brands, and appearances. Influencing is a neutral idea—it all depends on the goal of the influence.

The apostle Paul seems to have thought of Christians as influencers. In his description of the Church as the Body of Christ, he viewed all Christians as being connected, as having influence on others. Indeed, 33 times in his epistles (63 times in all the epistles), the phrase “one another” occurs. The New Testament expects believers to (1) be in proximity with one another and (2) to stimulate and influence one another to become spiritually mature. Hebrews 10:24-25 exhorts Christians to meet together to “stir up love and good works.”

Are you living in close proximity to other Christians? It’s the only way we can influence one another to strive for spiritual maturity and Christlikeness.

The serene beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world next to the power of God. 
Blaise Pascal

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The assembly must edify one another

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29)

Therefore comfort each other and edify one another…pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all (1 Thessalonians 5:11, 15)

These verses teach that we are to build each other up. The Greek word for edify (oikodomé) means “to build.” It’s the same word for building a house. We build up the house – the assembly – through mutual edification.

The assembly is the place where you should be finding your encouragement and comfort, because the assembly is your spiritual family, your spiritual and heavenly house. Just as you share things with your families at home and you help one another, so it is to be in the assembly.

How do we edify one another? Edification can occur in many ways. It includes giving thanks to someone for things they do for the church. It includes complimenting each other, praising someone’s good works, or encouraging people in specific callings they have. Words like that impart grace. They let the person know that you care and that they are making a difference. It is important in any family unit to know that you are a valued member – no less than in the church family! Find ways to thank and compliment your assembly-members.

Edification includes lifting someone up when they are in despair. Imagine that you go to worship and ask someone, “How are you?” They respond honestly: “Things haven’t been so good.” In that moment, they need to be uplifted and you have the opportunity to speak words of comfort to them. How can you do that quickly and easily?


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Christian Fellowship is Essential

Kendra White

Film Producer for American Family Studio

When you read the book of Acts, it’s hard not to get excited. The Christians were together all the time praising God and witnessing miracles. It didn’t matter if you were a Jew or a Gentile, slave or free. Their love for our Lord and Savior became a powerful uniting force that caused them to live what many would call a radical Christian life.

These first-century believers were so united that they were constantly fellowshipping together, praising God, and taking care of each other’s needs in extreme ways. Imagine if this happened in our churches today. What if Sally came in and told her small group that she needed $40K for a life-saving medical procedure? And then what if Mr. and Mrs. Johnson spoke up agreeing to downsize their home and move their family of seven into a two-bedroom apartment so that Sally would be taken care of? Doesn’t it suck you in? Don’t you want to be a part of a community that loves like that? What was their secret? Let’s take a closer look.

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need” (Acts 2:42-45).

What’s the deal? What are churches today missing that the early church had? Most of today’s churches place a lot of value on the apostle’s teaching and prayer and rightly, but what about that other element? Do we devote ourselves to fellowship?

For most churches, I think not. Let’s make it personal. Ask yourself for a moment: do I devote myself to fellowship with believers? That word “devote” implies that there is a commitment involved. So many of us have limited ourselves to a drive-thru version of Christianity– hop into church on Sunday for an hour or two and slip out as soon as you can so you don’t have to bother with people.

I don’t believe Jesus ever intended us to live this way. God designed us for community and yet there is a fellowship deficiency in the church. I believe there are three main reasons that Christians do not make fellowship with believers a priority in their lives.

1. We are selfish.

I get it and I’ve been there. People are weird and sometimes, I’d just rather spend the night at home watching Netflix and eating Oreos. “Let’s just skip small group tonight, honey,” you say and you both sigh in relief. But then the next week comes around and you think, “It sure was nice to have an evening to ourselves,” and eventually your desire for self-gratification overshadows your devotion to fellowship and becomes a habit.

While it’s true that Jesus often withdrew to lonely places (Luke 5:16) to pray and recharge, more often than not we see him with the people – perhaps just investing in his twelve closest disciples or maybe preaching to the crowds that constantly seemed to press in around him. He hung out with tax collectors and sinners and what some would call “weird people!” If Jesus is an example of loving people, we should follow his lead. I might also add, it doesn’t matter what your Myers- Briggs type is or whether or not you are a “people person.” If you are a follower of Christ, you must learn to love people.

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