Summary: This is the 25th sermon in the series "The Cure". Christians are called to build each other up.
Series: The Cure [#25]
HOW TO BUILD EACH OTHER UP
Last week we looked at how we should treat one another as Christians. This week is a continuation of that sermon. Not only should we treat one another right, we should build one another up. On this Father’s Day, I want to be that person who builds up others. My dad is a pro at this. Win or lose, my dad always encourages me- He builds me up.
Romans 14:19 (NIV)
“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
As a Church, we are to focus on 2 things- Things that bring peace and things that grow the Church. As I was studying, I came across a great statement by Rick Warren. “We don't have to work too much on focusing on things to make the church to grow. I believe the wrong question is "What will make a church grow?" The question should be: "What's keeping the church from growing?" Growth is automatic. All living things grow. If a church is alive and living it will grow naturally. The question when a church isn't growing is, “What is keeping it from growing?”- And you have to remove those bottlenecks. When you remove the barriers to growth in your ministry or the church as a whole it will automatically grow.”
Romans 15:1-2 (NIV)
“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”
So how do we build each other up?
Romans 14:13-14, 17, 20-21 (NIV)
“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.”
I build others up by…
1. Remembering that my actions affect others.
Last week we talked about not battling over disputable matters. Disputable matters are those things that are not “lined out” for us in Scripture. We need to understand that how we deal with these things affects others. We need to be careful that we don’t cause others to stumble. That means that we have to put others ideas concerning disputable matters ahead of our own. We need to be about “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”.
Romans 14:15 (NIV)
“If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.”
I build others up by…
2. Remembering that Christ died for us all.