LOCAL CHURCH

Every Part doing His

Share in the Work

By

David E. Pratte, 2018

 

introduction

 

  • Ephesians 4:16 – The body works effectively when every part does its share. This causes growth of the body, so it can edify itself in love.
  • Every Christian is responsible to do his/her best to accomplish the work of the local church and fulfill his/her individual responsibilities before God.
  • In nearly every congregation, some members do most of the work while others do relatively little. 20/80 Rule.

 

  • Sometimes we become comfortable with allowing other people to do the work when we really should be helping.
  • From time to time events in a congregation remind us that each Christian must consider whether there are ways he/she can improve and accomplish more in the work of the congregation.
  • We should always be willing to examine ourselves, but some events especially challenge us to consider our work. Can you name any?

 

  • The purpose of this study is to consider the work of Oak City Baptist Church and to urge each of us to examine himself or herself to see if we can step up and do more.
  • Where can you improve?
  • What can you begin doing that you are not doing now?
  • What work can you assist in, rather than leaving it to others?
  • We will examine Scriptures that emphasize how every Christian must do his/her best.

 

EVERY MEMBER OBEYING AND WORKING

 

  • Consider some biblical passages that describe our duty to obey God and work in His service.
  • Luke 6:40. The goal of every disciple should be to become like Jesus.
  • Romans 2:5-10. At the judgment, God will render to “every” person according to his/her deeds. To receive eternal life, “every” person must continue patiently doing good. But “every” person who fails to do good will receive tribulation and anguish.
  • Matthew 7:24-27. “Everyone” who disobeys the Lord builds on sand. Everyone who obeys God, is like one who builds on the rock.

 

APPLICATIONS

  • Suppose you made a contract to have a new house built, and when you moved in you found walls, a roof, doors, and windows, but there was no foundation. The floor was on dirt. When you complained to the builder, he said you don’t need a foundation because your neighbors already had a foundation. Would you be satisfied?
  • Suppose you owned a dairy farm. Some cows were reliable at milking time by giving milk generously. Other cows either failed to show up or gave very little milk consistently. What would you do with cows that gave little or no milk most of the time?
  • Piling the work load on one or a few members, while others do nothing, is simply not acceptable. Each individual Christian is responsible to work in God’s service according to his/her ability. The fact that some are working does not excuse others from working.
  • The Lord expects each of us to do our best, and to not leave His work to others. Please consider the work that needs to be done in this congregation. Is there more that you could be doing?
  • Are there areas where you can improve your serve?
  • Are you allowing other people to do work that you could be doing?
  • If all the members would work like you, how much could this church accomplish?

Jesus requires every part of the body to do his/her share.

  • Mark 13:34-37 2 Corinthians 5:10
  • 1 John 3:3; 2:15, 29; 3:10 1 Peter 1:17
  • Revelation 20:13; 22:12 Matthew 16:27; 25:15
  • Galatians 6:4-5 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 4:4
  • Hebrews 12:14-15; 3:12-19; 4:1, 11
  • 1 Corinthians 9:25 2 Timothy 2:19    2 John 9    

Every member studying the bible diligently

  • EVERY ONE OF US MUST LEARN GOD’S WORD.
  • See John 18:37. “Everyone” who is of the truth must hear the voice of Jesus. Truth frees us from sin (see John 8:32). However, to be set free, each person must hear Jesus (see Acts 20:31; 11:23).
  • Paul admonished “every” man to be taught and become mature in the Word of God (see Colossians 1:28). The Bible is our manual to follow for knowing and doing the will of God in our lives.
  • God has given us the perfect manual. It would be foolish to try and serve Him without studying the manual.
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EVERY ONE OF US MUST WORK FOR UNITY.

  • Jesus prayed for “all” who believe in Him to be one as He and His Father are one (see John 17:20-21).
  • God the Father and God the Son have the same will (see John 12:49-50). Both teach the same about what we should We can be united like the Father and Son, only if we   know God’s Holy and perfect will.
  • “All” should speak the same things, without divisions among us (see 1 Corinthians 1:10).
  • To achieve this unity, we must accept oneness: the one true faith (see Ephesians 4:1-6. It is not enough to just be united, we must be united in truth.
  • Unity can be accomplished only if everybody studies the truth. Unity is everybody’s business! No truth equals division!
  • Unity requires everyone to study the Word of God. It is not enough to let other people do the studying. Each individual must study the Bible for him/herself.
  • EACH ONE OF US WILL BE JUDGED FOR OUR OWN CONDUCT.
  • Consider what this means about Bible Study?
  • Consider Romans 14:10-13. All must stand before God in the judgment and each will give account of him/herself to God.
  • The standard of judgment is the Word of Jesus (see John 12:47-50).
  • Your eternal destiny will be determined by whether or not you know what’s in the Bible and whether or not you obey it.
  • If everyone studied as diligently as you, how unified would Oak City Baptist Church be?
  • See 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:6-11; John 5:28-29;                                        1 Corinthians 4:4-5.

 

EVERY MEMBER SERVING OTHERS

  • SCRIPTURES
  • I Peter 4:10-11– Each one should serve one another.
  • 1 Peter 5:5-6 – Stay humble in serving one another.
  • Galatians 5:13 – Serve one another in and through love.
  • Matthew 25:34-36 – Jesus will judge the service we render to others. Did we help the sick, the needy, and/or the imprisoned? Remember we will each be judged for what we personally did (see 32).
  • Our eternal destiny depends on our service to God and others.

 

APPLICATIONS

  • Be aware that your service will not be accepted at the judgment just because others in the congregation did good work. God will judge each of us individually.
  • Every Christian is just as responsible as every other Christian to love and serve others. If you don’t need to serve others, then neither does anyone else. If others do need to serve, then so do you.
  • Consider those who have health issues, those who are widows, those who may be struggling with financial issues, and those who may be dealing with abuse or neglect.
  • Consider work that needs to be done around the building, work to maintain the grounds and the facilities, preparing for special events or occasions, etc. Is there more you could be doing?
  • Do you remember to pray diligently and fervently for the needs of other Christians?
  • Do you volunteer for service, or must you always be drafted?
  • If everyone at Oak City served the way you do, how much love and service would be in this congregation?
  • See Acts 11:28-30; 4:32-35; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; Philippians 2:3-4;    2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Matthew 18:32-35; Colossians 3:12-13;   Romans 12:3-8; Luke 18:13-14; 1 John 3:10-11, 16-18.
  • See Ephesians 4:14-16. Every person should work to build up the body of Christ.
  • Look at the passage: We grow up in Christ. We speak the truth in love.
  • The church is built up when the “whole body,” every joint, every part, does its share. This is “effective working.”
  • This should be done every time we are assembled together and at other times.

 

CONSIDER SOME WAYS YOU CAN HELP BUILD UP THE BODY.

  • How much of this work have you been doing? Are you doing your fair share? What more can you do? Consider the following:
  • Attend all church meetings and sessions that are open to all.
  • Always arrive on time.
  • Develop your abilities to serve and volunteer where needed.
  • Prepare diligently for any leadership role you have.
  • For any classes you attend, prepare in advance so you can participate. Raise questions and make comments.
  • Invite others to attend worship services and special events.
  • Greet visitors at worship services and invite them to return.
  • If you have the gift, teach or facilitate classes.
  • Visit, call, email, text, or write new, discouraged, weak, or back-sliding members to encourage them.
  • Always encourage our young people and give them hope. Help them to grow in the faith.
  • Older women should help and advise younger women and girls.
  • Older men should mentor and advise younger men and boys.
  • Develop a habit of studying the Bible daily. If you have children, study the Bible with them.
  • Share or pass out tracts or literature to unchurched neighbors.
  • Speak a word of encouragement to others for their work.
  • The question is, how involved are you in the work of our church? Are you so involved in other things that God never required you to do, that you are neglecting the things God would have you to do?
  • Do you consistently miss church services/meetings that you could attend, but your dedication level is not where it ought to be?
  • Do you take your spiritual responsibilities as seriously as you do your career responsibilities?
  • Every Christian is required to be actively involved in helping and encouraging other Christians. There is simply too much work for just a few to accomplish.
  • The question for you is: What can you do in the future that will be an addition to what you have been doing in the past?
  • Where can you improve your serve?

 

CONCLUSION

  • EACH CHRISTIAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NO MORE THAN HIS/HER BEST.
  • To the extent of his/her ability and opportunity, a Christian is responsible to help in the Lord’s work. But a Christian is not responsible to do what he/she truly is not able to do.
  • See 2 Corinthians 8:12. First, there must be a willing mind. God knows our hearts. He knows when we want to do our best. He also knows when we are trying to avoid work and would rather someone else does it. The question is, do we have a willing mind?
  • Second, God expects us to do what we can. “It is accepted according to what one has.” If we have the ability and opportunity, then to be accepted by God, we must do what we can.
  • Third, God does not expect us to do what we are not able to do. God does not require us to give what we do not have. Though this verse is referring to financial giving, the same principle applies to all of our service to God.
  • We should not feel guilty if there is something we are able to do.
  • We also should not over-burden ourselves or become over-stressed when we are not able to effectively do the things we need to do.
  • See Matthew 25:14-30. The master divided the talents among his servants according to their abilities. No one received more or less than he could handle. No one could use the excuse of being overwhelmed or over committed. We can’t either.
  • EACH CHRISTIAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NO LESS THAN HIS/HER BEST.
  • Too often Christians want others to carry the load. We expect the supported pastor, deacons, and other leaders to be deeply involved in the Lord’s work. We may even suggest work for them to do, while some leaders are not doing as much as they could be doing.
  • See 1 John 4:9-11. The sacrifice of Jesus teaches us the principle of love and the sacrifice we need to make for others.
  • What did God give to meet our needs? Did He give what would not cost Him very much? Did He give what would require the least amount of effort? Or did He give the very best He had?
  • Are we showing love for God and for others the way God shows love for us? Are we doing the best we can?

 

QUESTIONS

  • Is there work you are not doing now, that you could begin doing?
  • Is there work you are not doing now, that you could do better than it is now being done?
  • Where can you improve in your work for the Lord and for His people/congregation?
  • Are you willing to commit now to do better?

 

Copyright David E. Pratte, 2018