There are times that people struggle with their church in how it is doing spiritually. This is not unusual, and at times is even healthy. I’m not addressing this in response to anyone lately – please understand that. That being said I’ve heard this from various people in the past about their churches, so I wanted to encourage you with ways you can help. We can often think of the problem as an organizational issue, when in reality there are many things that we can do ourselves individually to help the church grow spiritually.
Encourage those within the church.
I Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” This passage tells us that part of what we can do to help the body grow is simply encouraging one another. We can encourage each other through struggles, worries,, trials, or just appreciating people in the things that they’re doing well within the church.
Pray for your pastor and leaders.
I Timothy 2:1-3 tells us that we should pray for “all who are in authority.” Pray for leaders of your church, including pastor, elders, deacons, or ministry leaders. Pray for them frequently. Pray that they would have the strength to do what God has called them to do. Pray that they would have the wisdom to know which direction to take the church.
Confess sin and repent daily.
Repent daily. We are always worried about everyone else’s spiritual life. But part of the practice being a Christian is to repent daily. We sin every day. This is not saying that we ask for salvation over and over again. Once we have salvation, we have it we are secure in that eternally. But it is the practice of confessing sin daily and turning away from it. When several members of a church fail in this area, it will affect the whole body.
Reconcile whenever you have problems with anyone.
If there’s a problem between you and someone in the church, you must attempt to reconcile. Scripture talks a lot about reconciliation. God desires unity in Christ within His community. If there is somebody that you have an issue with, be the person who steps up first to try to reconcile the issue.
Find someone to disciple, or mentor, in Jesus.
I am using the word mentor because it’s a word people know more than the word disciple. Essentially to disciple someone in faith is to teach them how to follow Christ and be like Him. First Corinthians 11:1 says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” The apostle Paul is telling people that those who disciple teach others how to follow Jesus as they are following Jesus. Don’t just give them academic theology but teach them about the heart of Jesus, what He cares about, and how He ministers to others. You’ve probably been through something that can minister to another.
How are you helping your church grow spiritually? When you think of the spiritual life of the church, are you tempted to think about it corporately without thinking about your part in it? What is one of the five points mentioned above that you can work on today?
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