Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
He also gave apostles, prophets, missionaries, as well as pastors and teachers as gifts ⌊to his church⌋. Their purpose is to prepare God’s people to serve and to build up the body of Christ. This is to continue until all of us are united in our faith and in our knowledge about God’s Son, until we become mature, until we measure up to Christ, who is the standard.
As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.
What does a healthy, growing local church body do?
Let’s consider these 5 essential activities:
- Worshipping God
- Praying to God
- Evangelizing God’s Message
- Teaching God’s Word
- Discipling God’s People
As you can see there is one common denominator: God.
You take God out of the equation, and you don’t have a church, you have man-made religion.
I was going to put praying first on the list, but I’ve come to learn that worship is even more important than prayer.
Worship gets your heart aligned correctly.
Our lives should be acts of worship.
God already knows what we need before we ask anyways.
I’ve also found that prayers during and after worship are much more inspired and effective.
It’s much easier to hear what God is saying when you have a grateful, thankful and hopeful heart.
Now, the end goal, of course, is to make disciples.
Disciples are spiritually mature, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, self-replicating followers of the Way of Jesus.
Drop a couple disciples off in a strange land and they should be able to start a church.
That means evangelizing and teaching and making disciples.
You can do that in a house, in a tent, in a field or in a building.
Church is an activity, not a destination.
Nor is it a spectator sport.
We’re all supposed to bring something to the table.
I think if we were to take an honest assessment of where we’re at, we would find lots of room for growth and improvement.
And that’s great.
Humility is the beginning of wisdom.
So what to do?
Build relationships with other believers and other churches.
Find out what’s working and what’s not working.
Pray and testify.
Teach and serve.
Ask God what to do.
And then assemble a team and go do it!
There’s no end to learning about God and His ways.
If something interests you, go research it and share what you’ve learned with someone else.
No one can be an expert in everything.
That’s why we need each other.
We’re all in this together so we might as well all do our part.
I think it starts with prayer.
We all need to be praying.
Pray for more disciples to be sent out into the mission field.
He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.