It is not easy to see what role a member of the body of Christ might play in the spread of the gospel. It may not be easy to see, but that a role is served Paul makes clear when he writes to the Philippians that he is very pleased with the role they played. For instance, they were partners with him in the gospel, as he preached the word. More than that, even though he was in prison Paul considered not only himself as “partaker of grace” but also the Philippians because of their support of him. There are many who play varied roles in the spread of the Lord’s word, and it is important that we encourage each in their varied roles.
What role do I “play” in the local church?
It is most unfortunate when a member or a family makes a remark like this: “There is not enough activity for me, my children here. I think I will visit other churches.” In the context of a person’s life a remark like this suggests a waning of interest in the Lord’s cause and more of an uptick in the cause of the family’s interest. It is not about the Lord, at this juncture, it is about me and my family. All the while the local church struggles to promote the Lord’s cause in the local area, and the family that left feels better about themselves.
A sermon lead in Sunday
Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso http://www2.yisd.net/education/school/school.php?sectionid=1110, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics. In this week’s article, he emphasizes the important role kindness plays in the education of our children: