verse of the day

Friday, 28 October 2016

We are not a club. [ John 15 v17 ]

I have noticed recently a couple who usually attend church,have been missing,that caused me concern,so I phoned and spoke to the wife,I did not
judge them but simple enquired after their well being,assuring them of my prayers.In Hebrews 10 v25,we read,''Let us not give up meeting together as
some are in the habit of doing,but let us encourage one another-and all the more so as you see the day approaching''.I know that it is important to attend a local fellowship,the fact is we need that mutual fellowship,Hebrews 10v25 was written to those who were falling into neglect,of not meeting with their fellow believers. Raymond Brown commenting on this writes the following ''In frightened isolation they might fall,but in supportive companionship they would stand''.He goes on to write,''Not all are destined for a preaching role,[mercifully],but in the local church all must accept a pastoral role''.We are not a club we are a family of believers who should care for each other.Again RB comments are helpful and challenging. ''Every Christian ought to be able to count on the cheering encouragement of his fellow believers.To make that possible,every member of the body of Christ should grasp opportunities in every day to speak the uplifting word and do the supportive thing for his Christian partners in Christ''.
                                            A  prayer.
Dear God help those who are putting themselves in danger by neglecting
the fellowship of believers,and help us all to see the importance of not just
leaving the care of others in our fellowship to the leaders,in Jesus name we ask this Amen.

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