Where Do We Go From Here?

We must also consider how to encourage each other to show love and to do good things.

We should not stop gathering together with other believers, as some of you are doing.

Instead, we must continue to encourage each other even more as we see the day of the Lord coming.

Hebrews 10:24‭-‬25 GW

Also, make it your goal to live quietly, do your work, and earn your own living, as we ordered you.

Then your way of life will win respect from those outside ⌊the church⌋, and you won’t have to depend on anyone else for what you need.

1 Thessalonians 4:11‭-‬12 GW

Nothing makes me happier than to hear that my children are living according to the truth.

Dear friend, you are showing your faith in whatever you do for other believers, especially when they’re your guests.

3 John 1:4‭-‬5 GW

As Christians, we are meant to be encouragers.

Not just in words, but also in deeds.

It certainly takes a lot of courage to live a life of faith.

How do you do that?

Trust in the Lord.

His one time sacrifice took the punishment for everyone’s sin.

Not just mine.

Not just yours.

Everyone’s.

Some people aren’t aware of that fact.

Some people are living as if they’ve forgotten that fact.

We need to remind them of the truth.

Jesus Christ died and rose again so that you could inherit eternal life and live your life freed from the power of sin and death.

That’s some Good News, my friend!

Today, I want to share some helpful tips that I’ve found useful in elevating the conversation when you’re gathering with other believers.

  1. Ask better questions
  2. Listen to understand
  3. Invite and offer prayer

They’re all pretty self explanatory, but let’s discuss further nonetheless.

The purpose of gathering with other believers is to strengthen and encourage one another.

The opposite would be to weaken one another’s faith and tear each other down.

Obviously, that’s not what we want to be doing.

So, ask better questions.

Bland, worldly questions are not better questions.

You need to lead with purpose in mind.

A couple of my favorite conversation starters are:

“What’s the Lord been showing you lately?”

“What’s the Lord been doing in your life this week?”

If they don’t have an answer, you might want to skip ahead to asking what they need prayer for.

Perhaps it’s a personal relationship with God.

A huge problem that we all seem to have is that we seem to think we know everything.

Or at least, we think our opinion is of prime importance.

Perhaps I’m the only one who struggles with that.

When having a conversation, we need to realize we’re not using “social media.”

We’re not just broadcasting our views and opinions and looking for likes and comments.

Social media is a disease on public discourse in my humble opinion.

To have a conversation, we must acknowledge one another as equal partners in the quest for a greater understanding of our Creator.

We’re not here to understand ourselves.

We already know we’re sinful creatures prone to wander.

No, we need a better understanding of God so that we can become more like Him.

Conversations aren’t opportunities to talk endlessly about ourselves.

If you want to do that, post on social media.

It’s a time to ask questions.

Esteem others as better than yourself.

At least, that’s what the Bible says.

And finally, don’t use gatherings as forums to complain, fault-find, and have pity parties.

That’s all negative garbage.

We’re supposed to be loving and hopeful.

Steer the conversation back to the Source.

At some point, it will become obvious that the next question should be: “Can I pray for you?”

We’re all called to minister.

We can all pray for each other.

This weekend, I encourage you to get together with other believers and live in the truth.

Fellowship around the mystery of the Gospel.

Pray for one another.

Get to know each other.

Serve one another in love.

May God be glorified in your words and deeds!

Amen.

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