How We Can Help the Church?
Times are getting more desperate with so many difficulties in the world. With rising food costs and increasing homelessness, it can all seem pretty bleak. But that is the world’s view, and as Christians, we have been called out of the world.
The beacon of hope amid the darkness is Jesus, and it is up to the church to bring Him to those who have lost faith, feel hopeless, and don’t know what to do. In the midst of this storm, the church stands, receiving the lost, the heartbroken, the seekers who want something to hold on to.
As the body of believers who make up the church, it is up to us to reach these people. How can we do that? How can we help the church in the hour of great need?
Through daily worship. Let’s turn to scripture to see what that looks like.
Worship comes in many forms. It can mean raising your hands and singing praises to God, but it could also mean helping your neighbor or even doing your work as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24). Worship is a cornerstone of holiness, so it must be practiced regularly.
At the end of the day, though, we cannot deny that God is good! No matter what is going on, we will praise him – in good times and bad. And that keeps us connected to Him and to each other. That spiritual connection is what will sustain the church during difficult times.
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:1
Pray for the body
We are told to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), and the church needs that now more than ever. Helpin the church should consist of lifting up our brothers and sisters in prayer. This encourages intimacy within the body. As we all draw closer to each other and pray for each other’s situations, trials, and victories, we become true brothers and sisters in Christ.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
Do not forsake the assembling of yourself
There is a trend among some Christians that minimizes the need or requirement for coming together as a body. These people are skipping church and then trying to convince others that it isn’t necessary, but that simply is not true. The Bible says otherwise. We are to come together regularly, and this is a big part of worship.
More than that, it means going to the shut-ins and homebound members so that they are not forced to forsake the assembling due to their infirmity or circumstances. This is biblical. Remember, where two or three are gathered in His name, He is there as well (Matthew 18:20).
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
Find ways to serve
We’ve long heard that God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:6-7), but that does not only mean giving money. It also means giving your time and energy. Service comes in many forms, and it is true worship, for when you serve God’s people, you are serving Him. Just make sure you also do it happily and without seeking anything in return.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10
Helping the church comes in many forms, and each one is essential to the preservation of the church. Think about the ways you can worship and how you can use that to reach out to influence others.