Your Ministry – Training in Right Living

In the body of Christ, congregations of believers stick together for the long term because of their right living. All grow up in Messiah together. Our love of God is shown by our loving one another relationships within the congregation we participate in.

One another means reciprocally, mutually. “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”. Ephesians 4:1-7 NASB

The unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace requires the primary character traits of right living: “humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” Those character traits are the stuff of in-depth, one another, relationships with people you know personally. In those in-depth relationships we grow up in Messiah together.

The congregation your primary work of ministry occurs in is a small part of the body of Christ and of the church He is building. Your love of God is shown by your loving one another relationships within the congregation you participate in.

Each of us is called to grow up and participate. “And it is he <Christ – Messiah> who gifted some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, and still others to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints, to do the work of ministry, and to build up the body of the Messiah until all of us are united in the faith and in the full knowledge of God’s Son, and until we attain mature adulthood and the full standard of development in the Messiah” (Ephesians 4:11-13). ISV

… “but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16). NASB

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, showing what is wrong, improving and training in right living so that a man of God is ready and equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). AAT

The congregation of saints you participate in may be small enough to gather in one anothers homes to eat the Lord’s Supper around the table together, just as the saints of the New Testament did (Acts 2:46; Acts 20:20). In that setting, participation thrives. Larger gatherings tend to diminish participation, especially when celebrating communion. Paul addressed some of the hindrances (1 Corinthians 11:17-23). Cf. Romans 14. If you host a home gathering, it is prudent to network with hosts of other such gatherings.

Training in right living is meant to start at home. If you are a parent, you and your spouse are responsible for your children’s training in right living.

If you have brought someone to the Lord, you and your fellow congregants are responsible for that one’s training in right living. In “humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love. One who has just come to the Lord is a new creature created in Messiah. It takes patience and long term commitment to help that one “attain mature adulthood and the full standard of development in the Messiah.” Learning the good pleasure of goodness and work of faith continues throughout our life.

If you are in fellowship with one who is straying, your and your colleagues that know that one personally are responsible for that one’s training in right living (Matthew 18:15-17).

In the body of Christ, we share the responsibility to minister to those we know personally. Messiah gave some to equip His saints for the work of ministry. Messiah doesn’t require them to do the work of ministering unto the building of the body of the Messiah for us. Their role is to perfect us to do it.

In the body of Christ, we share the responsibility to minister hurting brothers and sisters of Jesus – personally.

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink? And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me” (Matthew 25:34-40). ASV

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See a list of one another Scripture verses

May our God “count you worthy of the calling, and may He fulfil all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of the faith in power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.” From 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 YLT

But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer. And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms. If anyone speaks, let it be as it were the very words of God. If anyone serves, let it be as of the strength which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Yeshua the Messiah, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:7-11

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