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THE RESOURCES OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE - (B) THE CHURCH
Three ways, three resources, which God gives us as gifts in order to help bring us to spiritual maturity. They are;
And the Holy Spirit.
What I mean by the church is other fellow believers.
i.e. “The worldwide community of Christian believers (expressed locally)”.
In the Christian church we strive to different. (Eph. 4:16)
Believers are united to each other and grow together. (Col. 2:1-3)
The writer to the Hebrews also said this; (Heb. 10:24-25 N.K.J.V)
All of these passages and many others teach, God uses ordinary people in the spiritual growth of His beloved children. So, the question we need to ask is how does God use the church to bring this about?
God uses the church to educate us (Eph. 4:11)
In the Greek text, pastor and teacher are inseparably linked together, indicating that these are two characteristics of the same person.
I believe this tells us the pastor/teacher role should be one and the same. In Timothy we are told that the pastor/teacher does this by instructing others in the Word of God. (2 Tim. 3:16).
Paul when advising his young apprentice Timothy told him that all Scripture was inspired and profitable to “thoroughly equip” the believers for works of service. (1 Tim. 3:16, 17).
God also uses the church to encourage us.
The writer to the Hebrews mentions three things necessary for encouragement. Later in the Hebrews passage the author says believers are to exhort one another. The root meaning of the Greek word translated “exhort” means “to come called alongside and support to “urge on”.
Thirdly he tells us to encourage one another by, considering one another. (Hebrews 10:24)
The Greek word translated “consider” means “to take note of, perceive, and consider carefully.” In other word before trying to address a problem someone is experiencing, you must truly understand it first. Paul says gifted believers are all called to our different roles to equip saints for work of service; “for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12b) God has given us all the gift to minister to one another. To edify, to build up, to encourage one another. A good listener is a lot harder to find in a church than a good speaker.
God uses the people of God to bring the children of God to spiritual maturity, but believers are called to support and minister to one another. To the glory of the His name.
The Resources for a Life in the Spirit (b) The Church
Topics: Life in the Spirit