Strong Christians Make Strong Churches

No congregation becomes strong without the people that make up that congregation being strong. Take a moment to read the qualities that made the early church strong.

So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.  And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,  praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47.

First they were devoted to the apostolic teaching.  Christians who devote themselves to sound doctrine and learning the Word of God are far more likely to be strong than those who are not.  The Gospel that is taken in and applied to life saves and fortifies the Christian soul.  Disciples who learn and follow mirror the teachings they assimilate.  Be strong by learning Truth.

These early saints believed in prayer.  To be steadfast in prayer means they prayed often.  Prayer will build you up.  The connection of communication with God is key to remaining strong in the Lord.  The constant contact with God reminds us to whom we belong.  We are far less likely to sin against the Father we talk to consistently.  Throughout the Bible we see that faithful people were praying people.

The next aspect of strength is fellowship.  These people were together daily.  They ate together, prayed together, worshiped together, worked together and felt a deep compassion for each other.  Their love and unity demanded watch care over each other just like a family.  Don’t miss out on the strength that comes from being together in work, recreation, worship or any reason to be with fellow believers.

We hear a lot about the power of prayer.  But, we don’t hear much about the power of praise!  Praising God is vital to Christian strength.  We teach and encourage each other as we praise God (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16).  Hearing the attributes and character of God lauded by a family of Christians instills deeper knowledge, fuller faith, and courage to face the devil. Christians often fail to give God proper credit for the good gifts he gives.  Anything God gives us or does for us deserves praise.  It deserves to be heard by the world.  The boldness of praise emboldens us to fight the good fight of faith.  Paul and Silas new that praise would draw them closer to God.

There are just a few ways we can build our strength and benefit the church of Christ.  As you grow stronger so will those you are blessing with your strength.

What are some ways you are strengthened in your faith?  Can you share some help for us all to become stronger?  Leave a comment.

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