At RBC, we believe God wants everyone to be connected to God, God's people and God's purpose. Once a week we take a look at some different ways we can connect to God's people. You might read a devotional, see a Bible reading plan, find a testimony, or an article about connecting to God's people. Our hope and prayer is that in some small way these weekly posts will help you in your walk with Christ. Enjoy!
Monday we looked at the "connecting to God" portion of our membership covenant. Today we will breakdown the "connecting to God's people" portion.
I will seek to connect to God’s people…
God designed us for relationships. For a Christian, connecting to God's people isn't optional.
by acting in love toward others
John 13:35 (NASB)
"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Romans 12:10 (NASB)
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor...
by refusing to gossip, slander or attack
Colossians 3:7-11 (NASB)
7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
by praying for and contributing to the health and unity of our church
James 5:16 (NASB)
...confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
by fellowshipping with church family inside and outside the church building
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NASB)
...let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
by encouraging my fellow Christians
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NASB)
...encourage one another and build up one another...
by lovingly keeping my brothers and sisters in Christ accountable
Proverbs 27:17 (NASB)
Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
Matthew 18:15-17 (NASB)
15 "If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 "But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. 17 "If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.