MONDAY SCHOOL for July 23, 2017, #3.9

MONDAY SCHOOL for July 23, 2017, #3.9
from What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …

QUOTE: And I like to tell you in all the strange stuff this morning I forgot to bring a giant wooden spoon. I intended to take it out of my pocket at this time and wave it around as a visual aid.

There are a few of us who are afraid of giant wooden spoons for a good reason. It might have been what we were spanked with as a child!

But there’s this wonderful verse in Hebrews that says this, “Let us consider how to stir up one another.”

Now, I know you know what it means if someone’s a pot stir. I don’t mean to stir up people that way but what it say’s here is stir up one another to love. Stir up one another for good works. Stir up one another, not neglecting to meet together, as this is the habit of some, but stir up one another by encouraging one another. And all the more as you see today drawing near. In God’s way of doing church, we will stir one another up for the better. Please pray with me. Lord Jesus. If the church isn’t full, obviously, there’s not quite enough stirring. Maybe we left our spoon at home. Maybe we forgot where our spoon is. But help us to do our part so that the church can be a church that is together. That our church can be a church that turns every I into

But there’s this wonderful verse in Hebrews that says this: Hebrews 10:23-25  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

“Let us consider how to stir up one another.” Get your spoon out!

I know you know what it means if someone’s a pot stirrer. I don’t mean to stir up people that way but what it say’s here is stir up one another to love. Stir up one another for good works. Stir up one another, not neglecting to meet together, as this is the habit of some, but stir up one another by encouraging one another. And all the more as you see today drawing near. In God’s way of doing church, we will stir one another up for the better.

Please pray with me. Lord Jesus. If the church isn’t full, obviously, there’s not quite enough stirring. Maybe we left our spoon at home. Maybe we forgot where our spoon is. But help us to do our part so that the church can be a church that is together. That our church can be a church that turns every “I” into a “We.” That our church can become spiritual friends by praying for other people inside our church and people out there because they need our prayers and they need a friend like the one we have in Jesus. Help us, Lord Jesus, to stir one another up because we are better together. Amen.

THINKING IT THROUGH

What has friendship meant to you in your life so far?
Who has been a good friend?

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Hebrews 10: 24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another,

Questions for each verse:
What does it say?
What does it say that we should obey? How do we do this?
Who needs to hear this?

We are a functional family of God where Jesus is Lord and people grow.
How does this definition of a healthy church work for you?
What would change if a church lived by this purpose?

RESOURCES
The photo “Discoloured wooden spoon” is by Lewis Ronald
and is from the Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

This post is based on the sermon series: The Normal Christian Church – Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Sermon #3. What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …

 

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