"...whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31, English Standard Version).
After my last post, Wes Woodell left a comment. He suggested that many members of the church have not left the benches and entered the game. They have not started to do their part to become an effective church.
I thought about Wes' comment for a couple of days. He is right. So I thought about reasons for members to fail to do their part. Perhaps they do not know what they should be doing. With that in mind, I have come up with a few ideas to share in order to help members do their part in being an effective church.
Here are a few ideas:
1. Offer to pray for co-workers, customers, and neighbors who are having trouble. E-mail your fellow church members with the prayer requests. Usually, people welcome prayers and appreciate a church that cares enough to pray for them, whether they are believers or unbelievers.
2. Read spiritual books while on break. Keep a Bible at your desk or work area. Be open to questions. People will come to you with questions about your faith.
3. Be among the first people to visit or call when co-workers or neighbors are facing problems (like surgery, cancer, depression, drug abuse, death in the family, rebellious children, loss of job, divorce, etc.). Let hurting people know you care. Do not be intimidated by difficult circumstances. Run toward people with problems, rather than away from them.
4. Loan out books, CDs, and DVDs with biblical messages.
5. Recommend good, practical, and biblical radio programs.
6. Invite people to church services and Bible studies.
7. Look for opportunities to help people in every way possible.
I hope these ideas help in our efforts to do our parts to honor our God. If you would like to share more ideas, please leave a comment. Thanks!