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The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
The Significance of Being A Christian - Connected To Other Christians Condensed
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Connected To Other Christians is the seventh in a series of lessons on, "The Significance of Being A Christian." I found the outlines for this series of lessons at: …

Connected To Other Christians is the seventh in a series of lessons on, "The Significance of Being A Christian." I found the outlines for this series of lessons at: http://executableoutlines.com/sig.htm

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  • 1.
    • "THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEING A CHRISTIAN"
    • Connected To
    • Other Christians
  • 2. INTRODUCTION In summarizing some of the significant things of being a Christian, we have seen that it involves both blessings and responsibilities...
  • 3. INTRODUCTION
    • “ A person reborn”
    • provides the blessing of living in newness of life.
    • “ Belonging to the Lord” requires we live up to the calling of being God's special child.
  • 4. INTRODUCTION
    • “ Living by faith” demands that we continue to trust in God and His Word.
    • “ Consecrated to God” presumes that we pursue holiness in the fear of the Lord.
  • 5. INTRODUCTION
    • “ Guarded by the
    • power of God” calls for us to stand strong in the power of His might .
    • “ Saved to serve" implies that we work together with other Christians.
  • 6. INTRODUCTION
    • It is this last thought that we expand upon as we conclude this series...Christianity involves activity. Some of that activity involves "working together" with other Christians. Each Christian needs to understand the importance of our collective work
  • 7. INTRODUCTION
    • Sadly, many Christians live as though they believed in "solo Christianity" ...That being a Christian involves minimal involvement with the local congregation.
  • 8. INTRODUCTION
    • They act like "independent" Christians - aloof, isolated, solitary. The congregation's work becomes "what they are doing down there..." (instead of what "we" are doing)
  • 9. INTRODUCTION
    • Why is this case?
    • Some may not understand the congregational facet of life in Christ. Some may intend to be mavericks and refuse to be a real part of a congregation.
  • 10. INTRODUCTION
    • The consequences of "solo Christianity" are dangerous... Such as inactivity, unhappiness, spiritual stagnation, etc. Recent studies suggest that people without active involvement in a church are more likely to have weakened immune systems, therefore more likely to get sick.
  • 11. INTRODUCTION
    • The bottom line is that Christians rarely survive spiritually apart from their proper relationship with other Christians. Like a glowing ember removed from the fire of which it is a part...it soon cools and dies (while the other embers remain hot)
  • 12. INTRODUCTION
    • Of course, it is not God's intention that this happen. That is why one significance of being a Christian is that we are “Connected To Other Christians” .
  • 13. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • ILLUSTRATIONS OF TOGETHERNESS ... One illustration is that of “fellowship” . Acts 2:42 NET They were devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
  • 14. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • 1 John 1:7 NET But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
  • 15. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • Christians are “fellows”
    • “ Fellow citizens” Ephesians 2:19
    • “ Fellow heirs” Ephesians 3:6
    • “ Fellow workers” Philippians 4:3
    • “ Fellow servants” Colossians 1:7
    • “ Fellow soldiers” Philippians 2:25
  • 16. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • We work together as we extend "the right hand of fellowship". Galatians 2:9 NET and when James, Cephas, and John, who had a reputation as pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me,
  • 17. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we would go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
    • The idea is that we share together in the work and rewards of Christian life.
  • 18. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • Another illustration is that of “brotherhood” . In Christ, we enjoy a family relationship. 1 Peter 2:17 NET Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king.
  • 19. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • Mark 3:31 NET Then Jesus' mother and his brothers came. Standing outside, they sent word to him, to summon him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him and they said to him, "Look, your mother and your brothers are outside looking for you."
  • 20. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • 33 He answered them and said, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" 34 And looking at those who were sitting around him in a circle, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."
  • 21. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • We are the "house"
    • or "family" of God.
    • 1 Timothy 3:15 NET in case I am delayed, to let you know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, because it is the church of the living God, the support and bulwark of the truth.
  • 22. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • The Christian needs to have a "family" consciousness about other Christians. One more illustration is that of "membership"
    • 1 Corinthians 12:27 NET Now you are Christ's body, and each of you is a member of it.
  • 23. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • The church is Christ's "body" Ephesians 1:22 NET And God put all things under Christ's feet, and he gave him to the church as head over all things. 23 Now the church is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
  • 24. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • Christians are “members” of one another. Romans 12:5 NET so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another.
  • 25. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • As members of the body, there are "corporate" (Latin "corpus" means "body") responsibilities. Body members are functionally interdependent
  • 26. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • 1 Corinthians 12:12 NET For just as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body — though many — are one body, so too is Christ.
  • 27. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
    • Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or free, we were all made to drink of the one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not a single member, but many.
  • 28. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • Not all members have the same function. Romans 12:4 NET For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function,
  • 29. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • 5 so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another. 6 And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith.
  • 30. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • 7 If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach; 8 if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.
  • 31. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • If the body (and its members) is to grow, each member must contribute Ephesians 4:16 NET From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.
  • 32. THE “TOGETHER" ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST
    • There are not "vestigial" organs or "decorative" parts; i.e., no useless or unimportant members
  • 33.
    • THE CONCEPT OF LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • The "local" church is different from the "universal" church. "The church" of Christ universally is the sum of all Christians
  • 34. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • Matthew 16:18 NET And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
  • 35. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • "A church" of Christ locally is a specific group of Christians who function together as a congregation.
  • 36. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • Acts 14:23 NET When they had appointed elders for them in the various churches, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the protection of the Lord in whom they had believed.
  • 37. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • One is "added" by the Lord Himself to the "universal" church upon obedience to the gospel. Acts 2:41 NET So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added.
  • 38. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • Acts 2:47 NET praising God and having the good will of all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number every day those who were being saved.
  • 39. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • One then should "join" himself to a "local" church. Acts 9:26 NET When he arrived in Jerusalem, he attempted to associate with the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe that he was a disciple.
  • 40. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • 27 But Barnabas took Saul, brought him to the apostles, and related to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus.
  • 41. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • 28 So he was staying with them, associating openly with them in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.
  • 42. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • The mere provision of local churches in God's Word implies: A divine purpose for the local church.
    • A corresponding responsibility of Christians to avail themselves of it.
  • 43. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • The idea of becoming a Christian and never a part of a local congregation is foreign to the Scriptures!
  • 44. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • Christians are obligated to participate in the life of a faithful congregation, whenever possible. The command to withdraw from certain ones implies that participation in the fellowship with other Christians is not optional.
  • 45. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • 2 Thessalonians 3:6 NET But we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who lives an undisciplined life and not according to the tradition they received from us.
  • 46. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • Much of what a Christian is to do is "for the common good.“
    • 1 Corinthians 12:7 NET To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all.
  • 47. LOCAL CHURCH “MEMBERSHIP"
    • The main idea is that as Christians we have responsibilities to other Christians, in Christ we are truly “Connected To Other Christians” .
  • 48.
    • Therefore consider some...
    • SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • ATTITUDES TO MAINTAIN...
  • 49. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Concern for one another
    • 1 Corinthians 12:25 NET so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another. 26 If one member suffers, everyone suffers with it. If a member is honored, all rejoice with it.
  • 50. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Humility, lowliness of mind Philippians 2:3 NET Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.
  • 51. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • A peaceable spirit
    • Romans 14:17 NET For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
  • 52. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • 18 For the one who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by people. 19 So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another.
  • 53. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Appreciation for others and their work. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 NET We thank God always for all of you as we mention you constantly in our prayers, 3 because we recall in the presence of our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 54. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Willingness to cooperate, work together. 1 Corinthians 12:21 NET The eye cannot say to the hand, "I do not need you," nor in turn can the head say to the foot, "I do not need you."
  • 55. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • "It marks a big step in a man's development when he comes to realize that other men can be called on to help him do a better job than he can do alone" (Andrew Carnegie)
  • 56. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success" (ibid.)
  • 57. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Friendliness, warmth.
    • Philemon 1:7 NET I have had great joy and encouragement because of your love, for the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
  • 58. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Gentleness, meekness Galatians 6:1 NET Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too.
  • 59. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Forbearance, longsuffering, patience Colossians 3:12 NET Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
  • 60. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Forgiveness 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others.
  • 61. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Love John 13:34 NET "I give you a new commandment — to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples — if you have love for one another."
  • 62. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Identify yourself as a member of a faithful congregation. Acts 9:26 NET When he arrived in Jerusalem, he attempted to associate with the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe that he was a disciple.
  • 63. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Drifters, "floating members", "members at large", etc., are missing an important aspect of Christianity. The same goes for passive "spectators", those "just along for the ride", "permanent visitors", etc.
  • 64. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • One places membership with the intent of being an actual, functioning member - not a mere appendage to the body. It involves making real commitments to the group. Pray for other Christians, especially those of one's own Congregation
  • 65. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Philippians 1:9 NET And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight 10 so that you can decide what is best, and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.
  • 66. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Submit to the congregation's elders Hebrews 13:17 NET Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls and will give an account for their work. Let them do this with joy and not with complaints, for this would be no advantage for you.
  • 67. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Attend and participate in the assemblies of the congregation Hebrews 10:24 NET And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works,
  • 68. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • 25 not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near.
  • 69. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • The Christian enjoys and benefits from private and family worship, but must not neglect God's provision for collective, congregational worship and Bible study.
  • 70. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Every aspect of our assemblies are vital to the Christian.
    • “ The Lord's Supper,”
    • “ Preaching & teaching,” “Praying”
    • Acts 2:42 NET They were devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
  • 71. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Acts 20:7 NET On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people, and because he intended to leave the next day, he extended his message until midnight.
  • 72. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • “ Praying” Acts 12:12 NET When Peter realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many people had gathered together and were praying.
  • 73. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • “ Singing” Colossians 3:16 NET Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God.
  • 74. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • “ Giving”
    • as we have been prospered.
    • Corinthians 16:1 NET With regard to the collection for the saints, please follow the directions that I gave to the churches of Galatia:
  • 75. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • 2 On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside some income and save it to the extent that God has blessed you, so that a collection will not have to be made when I come.
  • 76. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Our assemblies provide an opportunity for three different involvements:
    • Help in providing for the assembly (e.g., cleaning the building, preparing the communion trays, leading in the service, etc.)
  • 77. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Actual attendance at the assembly - attending every service is critical to the overall growth and health of the congregation (let alone self!)
  • 78. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Participation in the assembly, to the extent of one's ability. Worship is not a "spectator" activity. The crucial question is not "How did the preacher do?", but "How did I do?"
  • 79. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • If one can do no more than listen, then listen in a manner that shows reverence and respect to God's Word!
  • 80. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Acts 17:11 NET These Jews were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they eagerly received the message, examining the scriptures carefully every day to see if these things were so.
  • 81. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Assembling together is not merely a routine to perform, but a God-given provision for our spiritual good. Quibbles and questions about whether we have to, complaints, neglects, etc., reveal an attitude of taking lightly the opportunity for Christians to be together.
  • 82. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • God wants to give us something in our assemblies - our involvement or non-involvement reveals much of whether we desire to accept what God has for us! -- To minimize this aspect of Christianity jeopardizes not only one's own soul, but the souls of others!
  • 83. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Engage personally and directly in the work of the congregation. “Evangelism” Acts 8:4 NET Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word.
  • 84. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • “ Edification”
    • Romans 14:19 NET So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another.
  • 85. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • “ Benevolence”
    • Acts 2:44 NET All who believed were together and held everything in common, 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and distributing the proceeds to everyone, as anyone had need.
  • 86. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Help maintain unity in the congregation. 1 Corinthians 1:10 NET I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree together, to end your divisions, and to be united by the same mind and purpose.
  • 87. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Participate in the discipline of the congregation, both instructive as well as corrective.
    • Galatians 6:1 NET Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness.
  • 88. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too. 2 Carry one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
  • 89. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Extend courtesy and hospitality Romans 12:13 NET Contribute to the needs of the saints, pursue hospitality.
    • 1 Peter 4:9 NET Show hospitality to one another without complaining .
  • 90. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • Find an individual role and fill it Colossians 4:17 NET And tell Archippus, "See to it that you complete the ministry you received in the Lord."
  • 91. RESPONSIBILITIES TO OTHER CHRISTIANS
    • 2 Timothy 4:5 NET You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist's work, fulfill your ministry.
  • 92. CONCLUSION
    • Much of the joy in Christ comes from our relationships with other Christians...
    • John had great joy when he heard others walking in the truth.
  • 93. CONCLUSION
    • 3 John 1:3 NET For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, just as you are living according to the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth.
  • 94. CONCLUSION
    • Paul had joy when he remembered his fellowship with others. Philippians 1:3 NET I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you 5 because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.
  • 95. CONCLUSION
    • Can we not see the importance of being “Connected To Other Christians” ?
    • This connection is not only crucial to having joy, but to remaining faithful to the Lord...
  • 96. CONCLUSION
    • Experiencing all of the blessings the Lord provides for His servants. Encouraged by others to be diligent in fulfilling our responsibilities as Christians.
  • 97. CONCLUSION
    • As we conclude this study of
    • “ The Significance Of
    • Being A Christian” ,
    • we have certainly not exhausted what it means to be a Christian. But I pray that in some way I have both encouraged and exhorted you to greater faithfulness and fruitfulness in the service of our Lord!

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