Building God’s House
As we prepare to celebrate the dedication of our new building, Pastor Eugene reminds us that the church is people, not place. As members of the church we are stewards of one another, having been brought together in Christ, and as such should have a deep concern for each other's spiritual growth. Keep reading to discover six practical ways we can deliberately help a fellow brother or sister know Christ and grow in Him.
We gather as a church this Sunday to give thanks to our God for His faithfulness. By God’s grace working in and through many, the rebuilding project has been completed. But while the rebuilding is done, the building of God’s house continues. In speaking of God’s house I am not referring to a physical structure, but to the people of God. As Paul tells the Corinthian church: “You are…God’s building.” (1 Cor 3:9)
God has brought us together in Christ for a purpose. We are stewards of one another. Companies and countries may speak of their people as their most important resource, but this is profoundly true for the church. Our most valuable asset is not our building; it is one another. The church is not the leaders, the staff, the programmes or the ministries. The church is certainly not the building. The church is its members. We are not consumers of the services and amenities that the church provides. We are the church. So strictly speaking, we do not even go to church on Sundays. We come together as the church.
As members of the church, God has entrusted to each one of us the responsibility of building God’s house. We have the wonderful privilege of being God’s co-workers in the task of building up His people. This means that it is not enough if I am growing as an individual Christian, I should also be concerned that my fellow brothers and sisters in the church are also becoming more like Christ. The body grows when each and every member of the body works. We don’t run the race of the Christian life on our own; rather, we link arms, run together and encourage one another towards the finish line.
This is the reason why we disciple one another. Discipleship is not merely a programme or activity in the church, done by a small group of enthusiastic believers. Biblical discipleship is by the whole church for the whole church. God calls each one of us to move towards one another in humble love and service, with the goal of encouraging one another towards Christlikeness. To disciple someone else means to deliberately help him or her to know Christ and grow in Him.
So, where do we start?
- Make an intentional effort to move towards someone else. Ask them, “How was your week? How can I pray for you?”
- Think about how you can speak a word of encouragement to others. It could be as simple as saying, “I thank God for your faithfulness in serving!” to an usher or a Sunday School teacher.
- In your normal conversations with one another, be deliberate about speaking of spiritual matters. For instance, talk about what God is teaching you from His word. Find out how God is working in someone else’s life.
- Pray for other members of the church. I’ve been praying through the church’s membership list during my personal devotions. Every day, I pray for several names. Even though I don’t know everyone personally, I still make it a point to pray the truths of Scripture for them.
- Consider how you can meet up with others during the week. Be creative about how you can involve others in your daily routines. For example, are there other church members who live or work near you? Proximity to others' homes and workplaces will give you more opportunities to meet over a meal or coffee. Make it a point to meet those you don’t already know.
- Equip yourself to read the Bible with another. Spending time in God’s word with someone else is a great way of discipling one another. If you want to be better equipped to do this, come join the Disciple One Another workshop on October 1, 8 and 15 at 11 am. The workshop aims to help us understand: what is biblical discipleship, why it is something we all do together, and how we can disciple one another.
So let’s come together on Sunday with a Christlike attitude of serving one another. One practical way of doing so is by parking off-site, so that parking spaces in the building will be availabe to our guests and visitors. As we celebrate God’s faithfulness, let’s also be faithful to His charge to build His house—His people, the church.