Being the Church

2 Corinthians 12:14-18 // 3 Differences Between True & False Ministry

If you’ve been following the daily devotionals for the past few days, you might remember that the apostle Paul refused money from the Corinthians. This was culturally unheard of and they got upset with him. One, because it made them feel disrespected. Two, they thought Paul must’ve been up to something. In 2 Corinthians 12:14-18, …

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Fellowship: A Central Part to Being a Christian

What would it look like if we as individuals and a church were perfectly devoted to fellowship? What would it be like if we were perfectly devoted to our shared participation in the Christian life? Compared to what we see now, what would be different? What if church relationships and endeavors always won the rock-paper-scissors …

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Church Membership Employs the Holy Spirit

Why is church membership important? One big reason is that it employs the Holy Spirit. I once developed some teaching materials based in 1 Corinthians 12 about the spiritual gifts. At the end of each lesson, I wanted to point the students toward something practical they could do in discerning their unique spiritual giftedness. After …

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Church Membership Facilitates Church Growth

Church membership is important because it facilitates church growth. One reason church membership may seem unimportant is that we have forgotten the responsibility each Christian has for building up the church. Ephesians 4:11-12 corrects this: And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work …

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