As we continue in the Multiply series, we have decided to slow things down. As we have began to dive into this material, we have realized there is so much there that we shouldn’t rush through it. So instead of being done at the end of november, for the remainder of november we are spending time only in chapter 2. We will then take a break during December to spend some focused time on Advent and in January will return to Multiply material for chapters 3-5 over numerous weeks as we learn how to read and understand the Bible.
This week the focus was on Life In The Church.
The main idea of this week is how important it is to commit to a church. We are meant to do life in community, in a church. That is what Jesus intended when he gave us the call to make disciples. He didn’t intend for a once off – “make a convert and move on”, he intended us to make DISCIPLES and to live life as a body – in unity.
With this it REQUIRES us to “bearing one another’s burdens”.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:1–2)
But more than just bearing it, we need to not offer merely quick fixes but rather get down to the root of the problem. To truly care about the individual. To see them transformed and rooted in God.
Thankfully, we are not responsible for the transformation. If we are obedient to God, and live in community with each other, bearing one another’s burdens and bringing them before Christ, the Gospel message and the Holy Spirit WILL transform the person (and ourselves in the process).
I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Ezek. 36:26–27)
Church and discipleship is NOT optional. We are all called to minister to one another, all called to be ministered to, and all called to be part of the same body. To be effective in ministry and to be living out the gospel, EVERY member must do their part. You are unique and special, and in unique and special circumstances – and God made you that way for a reason. You are called to minister to those that God has placed around you.
This chapter in Multiply ends with this challenge:
Spend some time in prayer. Ask God to give you confidence in the Spirit’s power to use you in ministering to other people. Ask Him for the wisdom to know what to do and the discernment to recognize people who need help. Pray that God would use you and your church to continue His plan of redemption in your unique setting.