I was at the Missions Prayer Meeting last night (if you have never been to one, we hold them at HBC on the first Wednesday of each month) and was reminded of the need for team work. Not only did Ken Russell remind us that without team work a church cannot grow, but the entire night reminded me of this.
Most people don’t know, but for any service at HBC we need someone to sort the heating out, to clean the hall, to arrange the chairs, to arrange sound and projection, to play music, to organise anything the speaker needs, to welcome folk in and then to tidy everything back up again, we even have someone on car watch! When one person is unable to do their role, or even if something goes wrong, it effects the whole… just as I found out last night – lets just say my abilities to work a laptop and a projector simultaneously are not that great! (should say everyone else was fantastic – I promise I will be better next time!)
Which brought me to thinking – how do we work as a team in serving Christ? Well in my opinion we should use the ‘one another’ method! What is that I hear you say? One another is used 100 times in the New Testament with Paul writing about 60 of these. They cover 3 main areas (Unity, Love and Humility) that will help us work together as a team in serving Christ.
- Don’t Grumble among one another (John 6:43)
- Be of the same mind with one another (Romans 12:6)
- Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
- Don’t challenge or envy one another (Galatians 5:26)
- Bear with and forgive one another (Colossians 3:13)
- Love one another (John 13:34, Romans 13:8)
- Tolerate one another in love (Ephesians 4:2)
- Be devoted to one another in love (Romans 12:10)
- Give preference to one another in honour (Romans 12:10)
- Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
- Be subject to one another (Ephesians 5:21)
- Clothe yourselves in humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5)
In Unity, Love and Humility let us serve Christ together, as a team! This week I encourage you to look through your Bible, noting and highlighting all the ‘one another’s’ letting them sink into your heart, so that as we serve together, our teamwork and attitude to each other may shine the Love that Christ has shown us.
Pastor Ross Ferguson