Each week we open up the Bible to listen to what our creator God has to say to us today...
Sun 24 Jun
Partial recording - These verses are an aspiration - The church isn’t always like this but it’s what we should aspire to. Paul says there are 2 ways, 2 layers that the family of Christ care for each other.
1. Leaders care for all spiritual brothers and sisters in the church family. Leaders are older siblings who have been put in charge by our heavenly father, juniour shepherds who are to work hard and care for the family as they admonish ( point in the right direction) and correct where necessary. We are to respect and love those who are placed in leadership over us.
2. v14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. No one size fits all.. everyone is different, our care needs to be flexible. At a point in time someone could be
i) wilful (idle and disruptive) knowingly sinful and stepping out of the father’s will.
ii) faint hearted (disheartened) prone to get down,
iii) weak, this may be physically through old age or some other reason.
We’re all to some extent a mixture of all 3 of these...