The church is a God ordained refuge for those seeking deliverance from this world of sin (Eph. 2:12). However, the practical reality is that too many in the Lord’s church have felt displaced for a variety of reasons, some of whom end up leaving the congregation or possibly the Lord. What are we to do?
Many professing Christians have a phobia – of others. The need to be accepted and the fear of being rejected is enough to put them in shells while longing for true freedom in Christ.
The reaction to Jesus, who came into this world as God incarnate (Phil. 2:6-8), was seen by rejoicing and rejection. Children of God should always rejoice at His arrival into this world – including this time of year – knowing that such was necessary for Him to live among man and die for Him.
Christian, are you using what God has entrusted to you? Do do seek, to be like Jesus, to build up the body of Christ so that the church can manifest the wisdom of God through His church? Will he find you – at the day of reckoning – in want?
Think you’re the “strong” Christian? Having difficulty with other Christians? Listen to the divinely inspired answer on how to cope with brethren whom you might consider weak in the faith.
If a congregation of God’s people are to flourish in the Lord, is it enough to simply be “assembly acquaintances”? This lesson aims to get at the heart of the need for edification and the Christian’s responsibility toward one another.