• Chris Steele

A Better Church Begins with Me!

Be Strong, Be Well — Sunday, December 27, 2020

Whenever we talk about the church, good or bad, we should remember we are included in those comments. We are either part of the problem or part of the solution. God expects us to do our part in helping the church be successful in growth and faithfulness, and to live in peace and harmony among ourselves (1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:15-16, 31-32; Romans 12:15-18; Galatians 6:1-2).

As the family of God, each of us as individuals, can help the church by building up the body of Christ rather than being critical of what the church is trying to do (1 Corinthians 10:10; Hebrews 12:1). One of the best ways we can help the church is to guard our lives daily against doing or saying anything that would bring shame or reproach on the church. After all, we’re called by His name. We wear His name. We are identified by His name (Acts 11:35; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:19).

By following these rules, we are careful to live the example of the Lord, Jesus, before the world. This makes the good life we have in Christ appealing to those outside the church body. We can use words or our example, to teach others the truth about Christ and His church (1 Peter 3:15-17; Matthew 5:13-16).

A better church, a living church, an improving church, must begin with me, and the time to begin is now. —Chris

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