The church is an organic organism—living and breathing, each doing its part. In Ephesians 4:11, we find a list pertaining to the church. It includes prophets, evangelists, teachers, and more. Each exists to help with the maturing of believers.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 describes the church body—how there are many parts and each is equally important. We weren’t meant to journey through life alone. The body needs its parts, and each part needs the others.
Consider and pray about your involvement as a member of the body of Christ. Are you involved locally? Why or why not? Take some time to review needs, promptings, and how these balance with the Bible.
6. The Life of Jesus
His life displayed love, forgiveness, understanding, deliverance, and healing. He reached out to the unlovely, walked alongside and ate with those we’d consider unsuspecting, and he made an undeniable difference in the world. By studying the life of Jesus in the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, we can investigate how he lived life—then pray about how his example should impact ours.
Here are a few places to start:
7. Words We Speak
Words accompanied the earth’s beginning. Over and over in the first chapter of Genesis, the Bible notes, “And God said…” At his crucifixion, Jesus spoke words of forgiveness. During his ministry on earth, he assured, affirmed, delivered, and healed. And words attended each one.
They’re important. But sometimes it’s easy to toss them out haphazardly, isn’t it? Maybe this is an area ripe for focus and purposeful action. If so, pray about your words. Look up Bible verses pertaining to them, such as James 1:19 and Proverbs 16:24, then proceed as you feel prompted by the Lord. Your faith will likely deepen and grow richer as a result.
Kristi Woods, a multi-published writer and speaker, loves the label “Jesus girl” most. Her latest Bible study, Created to Believe: A Bible Word Study, and other faith-building tools can be found at www.KristiWoods.net. A regular contributor at iBelieve.com and Crosswalk.com, she is published in various print and online publications. Kristi, her handsome, retired-from-the-Navy husband, and their three children survived a nomadic, military lifestyle and have set roots in Oklahoma--where she keeps close watch for tornadoes and good chocolate.
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