“And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” Ephesians 2:22.
With love over everything that we do, one of the prime directives of the church is edification. Most believe that edification is just teaching & preaching. After all, the members are “edified” when solid, biblical, Christ-centered teaching & preaching is fed to the flock.
But it is so much more than this. Edification gets to the shepherding of the sheep and so involves nourishing each of the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individual members. Continue reading
Or something similar?
Get spiritually charged by email twice a week with UPLift.
Just that, no more, unless you want to elaborate.
After a year of silence, the UPLift email list is back! The motivational list is a service of the GoSpeak / Forthright ministry.
Twice or three times a week, subscribers receive exclusive content designed to motivate, edify, encourage, and illustrate the practice of God’s will.
The list is announcement-type, meaning there are no discussions, no avalanche of emails in your inbox.
A forum link is included in emails for those who want to comment or discuss the content.
The list is low-volume, so your inbox won’t get overloaded.
Using FreeGroups.net dependable service, UPLift is sent in plain text, which means you have no worries about viruses.
To subscribe, send an email from the address you wanted subscribed, to email@example.com.
The head honchos of Forthright Magazine are loathe to prefer one columnist over another. All the writers, old and new, men and women, do a tremendous job. Along with the Fellows here on TFR, you’ll be hard pressed to find better writers and finer content than you have available on the mag site.
Do jump over there and browse a bit. You’ll find something that speaks to you. Feel free to comment, like, share, and sign up to the site.
We’re grateful for all the contributors. This joint effort enriches us all. Be sure to say thanks to them as you have opportunity.
Here’s a link to a PDF of this month’s Christian Worker. This issue of the Christian Worker examines “the fruit of the Spirit,” in contrast to last month’s issue on the “Works of the Flesh.”
Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.
You can subscribe to the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.
Copyright © 2013 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.
Everyone has an opinion about the “gospel meeting,” or “revival,” as they are sometimes called.
Some say they should be all about evangelism. Others say they should just focus on edifying the saints. Some like a theme. Some like random lessons. None of these is right or wrong. Every congregation is different.
To have a revival is acceptable. To not have one is acceptable. We are not bound by God in any specific terms to do it. What’s not acceptable is to bother to hold a gospel meeting and not support it. In that instance, it would be better not to have it at all!
What’s not acceptable is to have it for the edifying of the saints, and then not have saints participate. What’s not acceptable is to make it about evangelism, and then make no effort to invite others.
Our elders desire that our revivals/gospel meetings serve both purposes: edification and evangelism. They desire that we both make efforts to invite others, and to participate for our own spiritual up-building.
Now we know; it’s up to us to make it successful!
—Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY church bulletin
It has been said time and again that the mission of the church is three-fold: the proclamation of the gospel (Luke 19:10), the edification of the saints (2 Timothy 2:2), and benevolence (Galatians 6:10). I would like to develop in brief these three points.
The church consists of only those who are saved by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28); there are no unsaved people in the Lord’s church (2 Timothy 2:19). When one embraces salvation there is a change in life that is really remarkable. The saved one wants to assist in the Lord’s cause in any way that there is opportunity, and one of the best ways is in living and sharing the gospel of Christ. If all Christians did as much, the first mission statement of the church would continue to be fulfilled with each generation.
Second, as one lives the life of Christ there will always be opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with the unsaved. Some of those who are not saved are attending the Bible classes. Our Bible classes are an important work of the church. In the Bible class the prepared teacher has taken time to not only learn from the Lord, but also desires to teach those present the same things the teacher has learned. It is a disservice to the Lord, to the teacher, to the parent, and to the child (children) when there is little interest or support for the work.
Third, James said that pure and undefiled religions is to assist those who are in need (James 1:27). There will always be people who are poor in our community. Those who are in the Lord’s church have a special obligation to render assistance to Christians in need (not want). When the elders fail to take an active role in that they not only fail the one (or ones) in need, but the Lord also!
The Lord’s church has an obligation in the community in which it resides and to the saints. Let us do what we can to promote the Lord’s way in this regard. RT