The Church's Glorious Calling (Part 3)

Believers are called to consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). Body life is an obligation, but it is also a high privilege. Think of the benefits that we give and receive in the process of obeying Christ:

·       We are to build one another up (Romans 14:19) we help to fortify one another and strengthen one another and spur growth

·       We are to admonish one another (Romans 15:14) this is counseling each other with a view toward changing another believer’s sinful behavior

·       We are to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2) practical burdens of life, spiritual burdens—not going alone—two are better than one (Ecclesiastes 4) two keep warm, two can ward off an attack, two can get a better return, and one is there to pick the other up… we bear each other’s burdens\

·       We are to comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18) bring reminders of God’s faithfulness to one another in pain and sorrow

·       We are to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25) when someone is becoming faint-hearted or fearful we help instill courage to their hearts to take hold of the promises of God and be strengthened by them to preserve when there is a temptation to give up or give in

·       We are to pray for one another and confess our sins to one another (James 5:16) James actually provides confession and prayer as the missing component in the spiritual bondage that some in the church were ensnared in

·       We are to love one another (John 13, Romans 12, many other places) in the context in John 13 Jesus defined love as giving your life away in the service and for the sake of others—loving one another means costly self-sacrifice

·       We are to be patient and bear up with one another (Ephesians 4:2) sometimes we get surprised when we have to bear up with someone’s sin or weakness—be it someone in your home or in your small group… Paul told the Ephesians this is part of your calling to one another to overlook offenses, to be long-suffering and patient with the struggles of other people that you have a hard time with

·       We are to forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32) expect to be sinned against and have the opportunity to release others from the debt you have been released from

·       We are to serve one another with our spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:10) picture there is very personal ministry—individuals serving individuals with their spiritual gift