8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:8 – 11)
Service is of vital importance to the local church, and the strong relationship to the discipline of Fellowship is obvious. With love as the foundation (deep love, as mentioned above), this threesome (Love, Service and Fellowship) is potent. Just think of a local church where people who love each other with the love of Christ, journey together using their God given talents in combined service for the cause of Christ. The picture that emerges is captivating.
The passage above paints such a picture. Please prayerfully reflect on passage.
Something to think about:
Where do you see the combined service of believers showing up powerfully in the local church?