Stronger together

“…Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service…”

Ephesians 4:11-12

Focus

To reflect on church being stronger together, each playing our unique part. To use our gifts to build each other up, standing firm together with God as our guide.

Bible Reading – Ephesians 4:11-16 (NIV)

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Reflect & Pray

A Church is at heart a community, with people choosing to join together from many different backgrounds. In any church, people of all ages, races and life experiences share a desire to worship God and meet with others to pray, learn and grow in faith. In any group it is inevitable that there will differences of opinions and even at time strong divisions, with many different personalities trying to coexist. Are there times you find it difficult to be part of your church community? There is great strength in diversity, when it is used in a positive way. When we find ways to work together as a church, building each other up, recognising differences and individual strengths it brings unity.

Think of building blocks, and imagine you are one of those building blocks. Each building block does not have much use on their own, but together each one is important when they are built together forming a strong tower.

Pray and ask God where in the structure you are, remembering that every ‘building brick’ is important.

Pray for a fresh discerning of the gifts God has given you which you can use as part of the body of believers. 

Pray to let go of any feelings of inadequacy and know that God has a role for you that only you can fulfil. 

Blocks in a tower have to be placed carefully so they don’t fall. Reflect and pray upon the ways we need to be gentle with each other, appreciating each person’s differing perspectives, yet also standing side by side in prayer and friendship to create a solid place where we can glorify God together.