Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ladies Summer Bible Study, Week 8

2010 Ladies Summer Bible Study
Practicing Basic Spiritual Disciplines
Focus on the Foundational Principals of Christian Living
Charles F. Stanley
Week 8
Involvement With Other Believers

Learning: Is it really important to go to church?
Growing: What difference can I make in the church??

One of the most important Spiritual Disciplines you can develope is faithful involvement in the local church. Christian television, radio, and tape ministries are certainly good things, but they are no substitute for regular attendance and involvement in the worship services, ministry outreaches, and educational programs of your church.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says:
24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let 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

What does it mean to "stir up love and good works"? Why do such things need to be stirred up?

Why is it necessary that other Christians be involved in that process? What role does the church play, according to these verses?

No Christian has ever been called to "go it alone" in his or her faith. We need each other.

4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
6 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. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 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. Romans 12:4-8

Jesus made it very clear that out foremost ministry to other believers is to love them.

John 15:12: This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

As Members of the BODY OF CHRIST, we are to:
Pray for one another James 5:16
Speak well of one another James 4:11
Speak truthful and admonishing words to one another Romans 15:14
Be hospitable and giving to one another 1Peter 4:9-10
Comfort one another 1Thessalonians 5:15
Pursue the common good 1Corinthians 14:26
Bless one another 1Peter 3:8-9

Jesus sent His disciples out two by two. Luke 9:1-2 says that He gave them power and authority over all demons, and power to cure diseases. He told them to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
On another occasion, Jesus sent out 70 of His disciples, again two by two and He said to them:
2 “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.
9 Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’
He is saying the same to us; we are to heal the sick and proclaim the Kingdom of God.

Good News for the Oppressed
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.[a]
2 He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,[b]
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
3 To all who mourn in Israel,[c]
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
Isaiah 61:1-3

What roles of the church does Jesus describe in these verses?
Which of these roles are you involved with?
Which of these ministries have you been the recipient of?

We are never called to "go it alone" in our faith, and we are never called to "go it alone" in ministry to others. As the body of Christ, we are to work together.
1Corinthians 12:25-27 says:
so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it

Have you ever experienced pain in one small part of your body, such as a stubbed toe?
How did you react to the pain?
Why is it important for all Christians to be involved with the local church?
What happens when one part of the body is separated?

Today: I am a part of Christ's Body, and therefore I must remain connected to the other parts of His body.
Tomorrow: I will become involved in the ministries of a local church on a regular basis.


"For Ladies Only" is the ladies ministry of Pearson Baptist Church in Pearl Mississippi. Visit our Church website at http://pearsonbaptistchurch.community.officelive.com/default.aspx