Romans 12:3-16 NLT
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
The Church Belongs to the Lord
- Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
The Church is Built by the Lord
- Psalm 127:1 “Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”
The Church is the Body of the Lord
- Ephesians 4:12 NLT Their (pastors and teachers) responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ
Loving My Church Means. . .
Taking part in its Testimony .
- Praying for its growth
- Inviting the unchurched
- Welcome those who visit
Supporting its Ministry .
- Attending faithfully
- Growing spiritually
- Giving regularly
Building Harmony .
- Working to resolve conflicts (Mt. 18)
- Ministering reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18)