What Builds A Strong Church?

There are two divine institutions - the home and the church. A third institution exists with God's approval - government. God desires strong homes and strong churches. Both are an honor to His name. Following are some things that will contribute to building strong churches:

   Prayer builds strong churches: When Peter was released from prison by the angel of the Lord he went to a home where the church was gathered for prayer. "So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying." (Acts 12:12) Our work will never be bigger than our prayers.

   Friendliness builds strong churches: "Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels." (Hebrews 13:1-2.)  People who attend our assemblies should be overwhelmed with kindness and friendliness.  Brethren should greet them with smiles, greeting and hand shakes in the parking lot, foyer, as they enter and leave the auditorium, and those that sit near them should give them special attention. When visitors leave our as­semblies they should be glad they came to be a part of our church service.

   Faithfulness builds strong churches: You may suffer for a little while, but if you will remain faithful to God the church will be strong and you will be blessed. "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." (Revelation 2:10.) Those willing to teach God’s word, those that work and serve with Christ-like hearts build strong churches.

   Liberality builds strong churches: The liberality spoken of here is liberality in giving, not in doctrine. Strong churches must be loyal to God's word! Liberality in giving is a quality that builds strong churches. "He who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerful­ness." (Romans 12:8.)   

   Some members build the church. Others tear down what is built. Are you a builder? "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." (Ephesians 6:10) Salvation is available through the precious blood of Jesus. Each person should obey the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16) and endure faithfully to the end. (Matthew 10:22)