Creating An Updraft (1 of 4) by Jeff Strite
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Series: Building Faith
A woman once told about her good friend and fellow parishioner who had just bought a house that was between the preacher's house and that owned by the chairman of the deacons. I teased her a bit. "Now you must really walk the straight and narrow," I said.
"On the contrary," she replied. "I expect to go to heaven on the updraft."
APPLY: You know, that's the purpose of church - to create an "updraft." By that I don't mean to say that going to church saves you - only blood of Jesus Christ can save you. But church was designed by God to be a place that would create an "updraft" for Christians. A place where we would be strengthened and empowered in our faith.
Hebrews 10:24-26 tells us "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left."
Notice that God created "church" to be a place where
… we are to encourage one another
… to challenge one another
… and to help one another deal with the struggles of life and the schemes of Satan
I. Church was to be a place where we practice "one anothering"
(thoughtfully…) "one anothering." God is big on "one anothering." Consider these passages:
Love one another (John 13:34)
Serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13)
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. (Romans 12:10)
Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)
Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
Accept one another… just as Christ accepted you (Romans 15:7)
Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
Bear with each other (Colossians 3:13)
Teach and admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)
Offer hospitality to one another (I Peter 4:9)
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