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31 Days of Prayer – Day 26

31 Days of Prayer

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor. (Romans 12:10 NASB)

Find parking. Smile at greeters. Grab a bulletin. Find a seat. Give a cordial greeting to the person next to you. Sing (or not). Listen to the sermon. Leave as soon as possible to beat traffic. Evaluate how “good” the service was. Back to real life.

This seems to be the weekly experience for so many of us who “go to church.” As for the people we interact with, we may pick up a few friends along the way but for the most part, our experience is often primarily a network of loosely connected, cordial relationships.

Most would agree that this isn’t the extent…


31 Days of Prayer – Day 25

31 Days of Prayer

…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NASB) 

Throughout the New Testament, the Apostles give us some great examples of what Christ-like encouragement looks like. In the first chapter of Ephesians, we see the Apostle Paul exemplifying this type of encouragement by making it a priority to remind the church in Ephesus of Christ’s promise to work supernaturally through them by His power (v. 19), as well as praising them for the fruit in their lives that he was already seeing by way…


31 Days of Prayer – Day 24

31 Days of Prayer

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. (Hebrews 4:11-12 NASB)

Paul urges the Church in Ephesus to use their varied gifts to build and strengthen one another up in love. Often times, there is a temptation to remain on the sidelines and leave the work of ministry up to the “professionals.”…


31 Days of Prayer – Day 23

31 Days of Prayer

Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1-2 NASB) 

You have likely heard someone say that Christianity is a Team Sport, and in large measure, this is true. Maturity in Christ cannot be achieved in isolation, neither does it come by simply knowing propositional truth. Maturity comes when we seek to live out that truth in the context of biblical community as a part of “the team.” This is especially true as we consider the sinful fallen world in…


31 Days of Prayer – Day 22

31 Days of Prayer

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42 NASB)

Have you ever observed a single ant aimlessly wandering around, confused and basically inept? It is amazing how busy but how unproductive he really is. Compare that with the effectiveness of an ant colony in which super ant highways are created, raids are staged and intricate dwellings formed. Within a colony, there is a single mission and each ant contributes to the colony’s success, all because of a theory called “swarm intelligence.”
The same holds true for us as believers in Christ. We are far more effective as disciples and disciple makers when we are connected to the…


Every Member a Minister

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Did you know that you’re a minister of the Gospel? I bet you’re thinking, “I didn’t go to seminary, I’ve never even been discipled, I’m not a mature enough Christian, or God hasn’t called me to be a minister, so how can this be true?” These thoughts run rampant in many believers’ minds and feed one of the biggest misconceptions in the church—that the only minister is the pastor, but nothing could be further from the truth.

God has commanded every believer to spread the Gospel and make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). Every Christ-follower is part of the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:5-9), meaning you are a priest. Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelist, the shepherds…

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