10 Things You Can Do to Build Up the Body of Christ in 2017
- Attend worship
In Ephesians 5:19 it says that we must “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs”. While it is true that you can worship God anywhere and everywhere, in order to keep the body strong we must worship together.
- Study the bible
Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” In order to follow Jesus we must walk in the light. Studying the bible illuminates our way in and through the world.
Romans 12:2 says that, “We should not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” In prayer we are acknowledging that God has the power to renew our minds and through prayer we are formed into God’s image instead of the pattern of the world.
- Invite someone to lunch after church
Throughout the bible Jesus is found eating with people. This is such a simple way to connect with those who are visiting at church, those who are new members, and even those we have been worshipping with for years but don’t know much about.
- Do Justice
Micah 6:8 tells us that acting justly is required of us by God. In what ways do you see people being treated unfairly? Take steps to address the injustices of the world.
- Use words that build up
In this day it seems acceptable to say just about anything. However, Paul teaches us in Ephesians 4:29 that our words should be used to build up. Use your words wisely. Be careful in your speech. Make sure that what you say will benefit those who are listening.
- Serve your neighbors
When we live as Christ followers in our neighborhoods we are witnessing to his love. It can change communities! (John 13)
- Be in Mission
Do something for someone who is in need. It is that simple!
- Encourage others
Life can be very hard. We can get through it together. As 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Encourage one another and build each other up.”
- Love one another
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” -John 13:34