QUESTION: "HOW CAN I HELP MY CHURCH?
Study References: 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Romans 15:1-4, Hebrews 10:24-25.
TO LOVE AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER.
Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Thessalonica to encourage one another and build one another up in the lord, (1 I Thessalonians 5:11). Encouraging your brothers and sisters in the Lord will help the church grow in love. The Bible teaches us that only two commandments stand above all others. Jesus gave this command to His followers. He said, "...You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself" (Luke 10:27). By clothing ourselves in God's love, we help the church to reinforce this objective for every believer, and we also help to eliminate the elements of conflict and division which can hinder the unity of the church. "I... beseech you to have a walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:1-3).
BE FAITHFUL TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE.
You cannot be of much help to your church if you don't show up or Participate in church activities. Some people underestimate their value of simply being present. Joining together with others adds to their encouragement, and it encourages the leaders and the pastor who have prayed and prepared all week to minister to you. Bible says that we should not forsake the meeting together with other believers as the manner of some is; Hebrews 10:24-25.
PRAY FOR YOUR CHURCH AND THEIR LEADERS.
1 timothy 2:1-2 says; "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." Your church leaders are on the cutting edge of the battle with Satan, and will face temptations and spiritual conflict, unlike anything you could imagine. The devil knows that if he can topple a spiritual leader or get him discouraged enough to quit, it will have an effect on the rest of the church. You can be a tremendous help by praying fervently for your church, and especially for the pastor and his family.
More also, attend the church prayer meetings, where you can come into agreement with others, and where the pastors and leaders can see and feel your prayer support for them and the church. God promised special strength through the combined prayer of His children. "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven" (Matt. 18:19).
HELP TO CARRY CHURCH RESPONSIBLITIES.
Pastors and leaders of the church often feel much like Moses did when Israel fought with Amalek. Their arms become weary under the weight of so many responsibilities and they need brothers and sisters to stand beside them and help distribute the load. "But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun" (Ex. 17:12).
The Lord never intended for the whole ministry of the church to be carried solely by the pastor or a mere handful of people. It's said that the majority of the work is done by the same faithful few. If everyone would simply do their fair share in helping, serving, giving, and so forth, all the needs would be met and no one would be overburdened.
Be willing to volunteer for whatever needs to be done and don't be hesitant about what you will or will not do — not just for strokes of attention, but do it for God's glory. "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might" (Ec. 9:10).
APPLY CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS AND MINISTRY VALUES TO YOUR LIFE.
There's not much that a pastor loves more than to see his flock practicing what he has preached — living a Godly, holy life, and on their knees seeking the Lord. Learn to appreciate the spiritual values they try to instill in the congregation. "Brethren, join in following my example and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern" (Phil. 3:17).
It helps your church when you live and conduct yourself in a Christ-like manner. Whether you realize it or, you're a walking billboard for your church. Whatever the people of your community see in your life, they will tend to identify with your pastor and his flock. Behave yourself and speak well of the church and your pastor. Eyes and ears are always open to the things you say and do.
SEEK OUT TO USE YOUR GIFTS.
According to the scriptures, the Lord distributes gifts to each in the body as it pleases Him. Spiritual gifts are not provided to you merely for your own gratification, but so the church would be edified or built up. God has given you gifts that will be a help to your church — it is up to you to discover them, develop and utilize them under the direction and cooperation with your spiritual leaders. By doing so, you will glorify God and be a great help to your church. "Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel" (1 Cor. 14:12).
CONTRIBUTE TO SOLVING AND NOT TO CAUSE PROBLEMS.
Every pastor would be thrilled if each of his members got involved and helped the church in some way. However, they would rejoice if certain ones simply stopped being a "pain in the neck." It's a shame that pastors spend so much time "putting out fires," that is, quenching problems that could have a negative influence, on the whole body, such as gossip, rumors, complaining, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, discontent and so forth. Regrettably, it has been said that these kinds of problems exist in 90% of our churches if not all.
Spiritually mature persons who wish to help their church don't become a part of such problems — instead, they contribute to solutions. They avoid divisive people (Rom. 16:17) and don't get caught up in the mischief or grievances of others (1 Tim. 5:13). If they are aware of spreading problems in the fellowship, they will try to bring a resolution, or else they bring matters to the attention of spiritual leadership so that they can bring an end to it (Matt. 18:15-17). People who wish to be an asset to their church don't participate with or spread problems — they help spiritual leadership resolve them.