Providing Help from the Sidelines

Regular Christians: The Importance of Each Member in the Body of Christ

Jesus said, “A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14). Not only is a city like this visible, it becomes a target by the enemy. Those who take a more public role in the fight for the cause of Christ generally will be targeted more directly by the enemies of Christ. We cannot take someone’s place in these battles. Yet we can provide help “from the sidelines” to strengthen them. For preachers, we can “support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth” (3 John 8). For elders, we can “submit to them” and be a source of “joy and not…grief” (Hebrews 13:17). For those who are struggling with the discouragement of an unfaithful spouse or child, we can “encourage the fainthearted” (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

Aquila and Priscilla provided direct and timely help for Paul in his work of preaching. We often think of supporting preachers as a work of the church – which it certainly is (1 Corinthians 9:14; 2 Corinthians 11:8). However, it is much less of a burden to do the work of preaching the gospel (or be involved in the other situations like the ones we discussed) when brethren take a direct, personal interest in providing the support and encouragement that is sorely needed.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Regular Christians: The Importance of Each Member in the Body of Christ by Andy Sochor. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

NEW RELEASE: Regular Christians

We are happy to announce that our newest book – Regular Christians: The Importance of Each Member in the Body of Christ by Andy Sochor – is now available!

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When we think of great examples of faith in the early church, we may think of men like the apostle Paul or the apostle John. But what about people like Dorcas, Tychicus, and Antipas? They were “regular” Christians who serve as examples for “regular” Christians like us today. Their examples remind us that each member of the body of Christ – including you – is important and capable of making significant contributions to the Lord’s work.

The book examines thirteen individuals divided into four categories:

  1. Regular Christians who used their talents – Dorcas, Philemon, Onesiphorus
  2. Regular Christians who encouraged their brethren – Barnabas, Aquila and Priscilla, Tychicus
  3. Regular Christians who endured hardship – Onesimus, Trophimus, Antipas
  4. Regular Christians who fell away – Demas, Diotrephes, John Mark

There are questions after the lessons to aid in personal and group Bible studies.

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