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!

Take Courage: Lessons from the Example of David (Excerpt)

The following is an excerpt from the book, Take Courage: Eight Lessons from Men of Faith.

Take Courage (cover)There are a few lessons we should take from the example of David.

First, we must have courage to fight, no matter who we are. Paul wrote to the Corinthians about “our warfare” (2 Corinthians 10:4). Participation in the spiritual battle that will continue to be waged until the Lord returns is not only for a select few. All must be willing to fight. Youth does not make one exempt. Paul told Timothy, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but…show yourself an example of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:12). Youth is no excuse for failing to do what God has called His people to do.

Second, we must not worry about being adequately equipped. Peter and John were seen as “uneducated and untrained men,” yet they displayed great boldness in proclaiming Christ (Acts 4:12-13). We may also be “uneducated and untrained” by the world’s standard, but we are adequately prepared for our fight when we put on the armor that God provides (Ephesians 6:14-17).

Third, we must not worry about who our opponents are. Paul said, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:11-12). We have some powerful opponents against us. But we must remember that Christ is over all of them (Ephesians 1:20-21) and that through Him we will be victorious (Revelation 17:14).

Fourth, we must direct our fight against those who are the enemies of God. “We do not war according to the flesh” (2 Corinthians 10:3) because our fight is spiritual in nature. We fight to destroy “speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

You can read more about the courage of David and others in Take Courage: Eight Lessons from Men of Faith. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!