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one to one ministry

17 Oct

As I prepared to teach the recent one-to-one Bible reading course I did some searching through the Bible to find Bible references about the need to build ourselves up in the faith.  What surprised me a little was how few references I could find.  Instead, the constant theme in the Bible is that we are responsible for building other people up in the faith more than ourselves.  Of course there are reasons for this tied to the time that the Bible was written.  There was no such thing as a printing press so the idea of reading the Bible yourself each morning was not really an option.  However, there is more to it than just practicalities.   It is clear that God sees it as every Christian’s responsibility to teach, encourage, and sometimes even rebuke their Christian brothers and sisters.  Consider these verses:

Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 1Thessalonians 5:11 – Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

 Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

 How does God build up Christian believers? 

He does it by using our Christian brothers and sisters to share his word with each other.  That is why reading the Bible together is the core of all Christian activity.  We do it in our Sunday services and in small groups but the purpose of this course was to challenge us to do it individually with one other person.  I challenged the people in the course to work out if they could meet to read the Bible with three different people – starting with their own family. 

 

Perhaps you could take up the challenge yourself?

 

Phil Colgan