If we’re concerned about lost souls and if we desire to build up the local church, there are a few necessary matters to which we must give careful attention. Consider the following.

We must have a perception of the need. This includes understanding that Christ obligates us to take the gospel to those around us (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16), as well as simply observing that the local church must be perpetuated.

We must follow the pattern of God’s Word. While reaching the lost is essential and building up the local church is vital, we must not go beyond the limits of God’s Word to accomplish the tasks. Pragmatism says if it works, it must be right; the Bible says if it is authorized, it is right (cf. Colossians 3:17).

We must apply the principle of Acts 8:1,4. These two verses show the scattering of the saints and then the scattering of the seed. They indicate that every member was involved in the process of evangelism — not just those in leadership positions.

We must recognize the power of the gospel. While some shy away from personal work believing that they are not assertive or eloquent enough, the bible shows that the power to convert the sinner from the error of his way is in the message, not the messenger (cf. Romans 1:16; Hebrews 4:12).

We must understand that persistence is essential. Consider 1 Corinthians 15:58 in light of the subject at hand: “Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

So, are we really concerned about lost souls and do we really care about building up the local church? Then let’s get to work!

via The Eastside Edifier, Muskogee, Okla.

From Midtown church of Christ website



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