There are many ways to help your church

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in it’s various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “There are many ways to help your church”
In the last couple of devotionals, I’ve noted that helping our churches to be healthy and vibrant is a matter of personal responsibility. It’s also a matter of how we practice of our faith. So far, we’ve considered the importance of faithful attendance and full participation in the life of our church. But there are also other ways in which we can support the work of our church and bless and encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Generous financial gifts help to support the work of the church. Participating in the prayer ministry of your church is a very important way of being involved, and you don’t even have to be physically present to do it. Being available to others in your church family, outside of the normal times of gathering, for aid, assistance, or just to talk, is very helpful, and it’s an essential element of life in a good church family.
Another act of ministry to each other which is very helpful, and which goes a long way towards strengthening the faith community, is encouragement. I have a good friend and brother in Christ who often sends me a word of encouragement via email. It’s usually just short note such as “I’m praying for you today, brother.” Or, “Great sermon yesterday! Now enjoy your day off, you deserve it!” Those little shots in the arm mean more to me than he might realize. Encouragers make a big impact, and they help to keep the church strong.
As I noted in a previous devotional, many churches in our country are struggling right now. It’s the personal responsibility of every Christian to do everything we can to lift our churches up and help them to be strong during these very difficult days. Faithful attendance and full participation are important and essential always, especially right now. But beyond that, there’s much more we can all do. Generous giving; strengthening relationships; finding ways to serve one another; intentional acts of encouragement; all add to the health and vitality of the church.
In these difficult days that we live in, as our churches are working hard to be healthy and vibrant – with many of them struggling, I encourage all of us to do all we can to help our churches be strong.
God bless,
Pastor Jim   
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