When Christians Love Theology More Than People

https://sojo.net/articles/when-christians-love-theology-more-people

‘One Anothers’ I Can’t Find In The New Testament

https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/rayortlund/2017/03/30/one-anothers-i-cant-find-in-the-new-testament-2/

Submit To One Another

Several years ago at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, Jack Lipton, a psychologist at Union College, and R. Scott Builione, a graduate student at Columbia University, presented their findings on how members of the various sections of 11 major symphony orchestras perceived each other.

The percussionists were viewed as insensitive, unintelligent, and hard-of-hearing, yet fun-loving. String players were seen as arrogant, stuffy, and unathletic. The orchestra members overwhelmingly chose “loud” as the primary adjective to describe the brass players. Woodwind players seemed to be held in the highest esteem, described as quiet and meticulous, though a bit egotistical.

Read more: https://thepreachersword.com/2017/03/30/submit-to-one-another/

3 Things Every Christian Should Do

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3 Things we all should do

“The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great.”

– G.K. Chesterton

EXHORT

To exhort means to admonish or urge someone to do something. In the Greek it means “to incite” to action. The author of Hebrews wrote that we should “exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb 3:13), but what was this exhortation about? The Apostle Paul says “we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory” (1st Thess 2:12). This is not just for the lay members because Paul tells Timothy to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2nd Tim 4:2).

EDIFY

The word edify comes from the word “edifice” like the edifice or front wall of a building, so it can mean “building up,” however in the biblical context, to edify someone means “to instruct, improve” or “benefit,” so when we speak with people, we can build them up, not into a false sense of security or flatter them, but every one of us have some redeeming values, so when you find them in others, tell them about them. Encourage them, exhort them, and admonish them, and “build one another up, just as you are doing” (1st Thess 5:11b).

ENCOURAGE

Basically the word “encourage” means to give support, confidence, or hope to someone and comes from the old French word “encoragier” which means to “make strong” or “to hearten.” This serves to inspire someone to do even more or to persevere through difficulties. Don’t we need more of that? Doesn’t the world desperately need this? If you watch the news, it seems they’re more interested in tearing down than building up, so let us be salt and light in a dead, and decaying world and be “encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb 10:25).

CONCLUSION

I like to call these the “Three “E”migos” because they are all for one and one for all; all of us that is. At least that’s what we should be doing to others, so let us exhort one another to good works; let us edify others by building them up; and let us encourage one another because we’ll need it too as the day of Jesus return approaches. Whatever kind word we can say should be said; whatever kind act can be done, we should do it; and whatever makes people feel good, we should help them.

Read more: https://www.christianquotes.info/images/3-things-every-christian-should-do/#ixzz4aqVSrkmI

What Does “Christian Fellowship” Mean?

https://winteryknight.com/2017/03/05/what-does-christian-fellowship-mean/

I Wish Christians Would Argue More

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No, I’m not being sarcastic or saying this with an eye roll. I mean it.

I want Christians to argue more and fight less. To take it a step further, I’d even say that fighting less depends on our willingness to argue more and better.

Arguing in the Classic Sense

To be clear, I’m not using the word “argue” in the sense that the apostle Paul did, when he instructed the Philippian church to “do everything without grumbling and arguing” (Phil 2:15). I don’t say “argue” in the sense of being quarrelsome or irritable or “loving the fight” of aggressive words.

I use the word “argue” in its classic sense: the ability to make or counter an argument that depends on logic and reason. To meet one argument with another. To argue with someone, civilly and respectfully, toward the discovery of truth.

Arguing vs. Quarreling

Continue: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2017/02/27/i-wish-christians-would-argue-more/