1Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:1 – 10, New International Version)
Theme: The Local Church
Today we conclude our review of Service. Yesterday, we looked at the internal dimension of this discipline for the local church. Today we will consider the external dimension. There are some local churches that deemphasize this dimension of service. Some, out of fear of participating in what they consider a social gospel, shy away from social involvement. That perspective appears inconsistent with the overall biblical narrative and so we consider service to the community (not just preaching) to be an important discipline.
Today’s passage is Galatians 6:10 (presented above). This is the same passage as yesterday but now we focus on doing good ‘to all people’.
What are some of the successful examples of service to the community that you have experienced in a local church?