DIG for Monday the 29th of January…..share some good news today…..Hebrews 10 v 24

We had an amazing time of testimony in church yesterday, with people sharing about how the Word has changed their lives.

This is wonderful to see as a pastor and teacher.

I know that the Word will change lives, and I know that good doctrine is what is required.

But it is wonderful to hear others say this after they have been changed themselves.

It is great to hear when people have had a success in their lives; it is great to hear when something has gone well.

A sister said this to me yesterday, “Maybe I should phone you when things have gone well, instead of just calling you when I need help”.

This was a real sign of maturity, with this sister recognising that we can encourage and build each other up with our good news.

I’ve often said that this life is impossible without interaction with others.

We are here to help each other and build each other up; that is what church should be all about.

We are supposed to provoke each other unto love and good works (Hebrews 10 v 24), and we cannot do this if we spend our time alone.

We should be spending time with people, and preferably giving them some good news.

What good news have you got to share this evening?

And have you told anyone yet?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all the good things you have given me and thank you for your love, mercy and compassion”.

Hebrews 10 v 24…..And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works

DIG for Friday the 8th of December…..not doing church is just selfishness…..Hebrews 10 v 25

I had a wonderful afternoon today, having lunch and spending some time with “old” colleagues from my previous workplace.

It was great getting together, chatting and reminiscing over old times.

I often think about the old times on my own, but it is always more enjoyable with other people.

Sitting here tonight thinking about this made me ponder church and the Christian life.

I’ve said this often (and will say it many times again); your Christian walk should not be done alone.

Church is all about people, and the Word encourages us to be with other people.

How can you be a blessing if you avoid people, if you don’t do church?

Now, there are many ways to do church, in your home for example; I do church in a theatre, but it always involves other people.

I am not talking about going to a church building; I am talking about being and doing church.

The Greek word used for church talks about the body of believers not the buildings we meet in.

The Word encourages us to do church, to consider one another, not forsaking coming together as the body of Christ, as His church (Hebrews 10 v 23 to 25).

This may cause some of you to be offended, however I’m going to say it anyway; not doing church is either selfishness (you don’t want to bless others) or arrogance (you think others cannot bless you).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the privilege and opportunity to be church and to do church with my brothers and sisters in Christ”.

Hebrews 10 v 25…..Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the say approaching

DIG for Wednesday the 30th of August…..you can “do church” even when you are far apart…..Hebrews 10 v 24

There have been a couple of experiences in the last few days that have made me think about what it means to “do church”.

We know church is not about buildings but about people, but what does it mean to ”do church?”

While in the car yesterday I got a wonderful phone call from one of the Bible School students, who wanted to encourage me by saying that her studies at the school was changing her life.

This did indeed encourage me and it built me up.

I was in my car, she was in her car (I don’t know how far away), but at that time we were “doing church”.

Hebrews 10 v 24 and 25 quite rightly are used to encourage us to come to church and fellowship together, however they can be interpreted in a slightly different way as well.

To assemble does mean to get together in fellowship however it also means to build up and make something better.

Does anyone remember as a child taking lots of little pieces of Lego and assembling them build a car or house for example.

When my friend called me yesterday she was “assembling” me or building me up and improving things for me.

Her encouragement meant so much to me, showing that even for just one person I was making a difference.

So during this phone call we were “doing church”.

Is there someone you could call and “do church” with right now?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you lord for the fellowship of brothers and sisters in the Lord and thank you for church”.

Hebrews 10 v 24…..And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works

DIG for Friday the 25th of November…..why go to church, well, to be a blessing…..Hebrews 10 v 25

“Why should I go to church” was a question I was asked recently.

I think I surprised the person asking when I replied, “To be a blessing to others”.

They had expected another answer and this one kind of surprised them.

I could have used the verses in Hebrews 10 about assembling together and in a sense I did with my answer.

In fellowship we are to exhort one another (Hebrews 10 v 25) and to provoke each other unto love and good works (Hebrews 10 v 24).

That to me sounds like blessing people.

Yes, we can learn much from attending church, we can gain of course but we can also give.

At the end of the day a born again believer who does not go to church (or attend a fellowship if you don’t like the word church) is being selfish.

Yes that is quite a blunt statement but I consider it to be the truth.

A believer who does not partake in fellowship is not sharing what they have within them, not sharing the Word, not sharing the goodness of God; and that in my eyes is being selfish.

And of course a believer not partaking in fellowship is going against the Word of God with regards to Hebrews 10 v 23 to 25.

Now before you get all upset you can go to church in your home with other believers (I am going to be ‘doing church’ tonight with a Bible study in my house), you can go to church anywhere, not just in a denominational church building.

Read the passage in Hebrews if you feel that this DIG today is not to your liking!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can have fellowship with others and that I can be blessed and be a blessing”.

Hebrews 10 v 25…..Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching

DIG for Sunday the 7th of August…..are you one of the two, or one of the ten…..Numbers 13 v 30 and 31

The Old Testament is full of pictures, types and shadows; we see a type of the today’s church in Numbers 13.

Moses had sent out twelve spies to look at the good things that they had been promised in the Promised Land, yet when they came back he was given a different story.

Two spies did come back with a good report, ready to march in and occupy the Promised Land that God had provided for them (Numbers 13 v 30).

Ten spies however came back with a bad (evil) report complaining about the walls of the city and the size of the people (Numbers 13 v 31 to 33).

Two people focussed on God and His promises while ten focussed on the physical world and the problems encountered there.

Two were positive and ten were negative.

This is a type (or picture) of the church today.

More people in the church focus on the world instead of the Word of God; more people focus on the physical facts rather than the spiritual truths.

When people see problems and encounter issues in their life the tendency is to worry and fear, rather than thinking about overcoming the issue.

There were of course big issues to overcome in entering the Promised Land, but Caleb and Joshua knew what the Lord had said and knew that they would be overcomers.

This is an attitude that is not common in the church in general today!

When you encounter a big problem in your life are you one of the two or one of the ten?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the spiritual truths held within”.

Numbers 13 v 30 and 31…..And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we

DIG for Thursday the 14th of July…..church is much more than a Sunday occupation…..Hebrews 10 v 25

Sometimes it is just as important what Scripture doesn’t say than what it actually says; take Hebrews 10 v 25 for example.

This does not say, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together on a Sunday morning, as the manner of some is”.

The writer of the Hebrews advises us not to forsake assembling together, thus implying we can “assemble together” at any time.

I’m writing this as I wait for some of the fellowship to come round for a Bible study where we dissect, discussion and sometimes debate the sermon from Sunday.

And one of the most blessed times I’ve had this week so far was a meeting with some of the men of the church in Costa to have a wee “Bible study lock in”.

I love my Sunday mornings in church, however I enjoy “doing church” throughout the week as well.

We need to be reminded sometimes that the early church met daily, in the temple and in homes, showing us their commitment to one another (Acts 2 v 46).

When we assemble together we do more than just meet; the word assemble to me talks of building something and enlarging something, like assembling a Lego model.

It is no coincidence that when we meet some people need to be encouraged and some are ready to encourage; some are feeling a bit low and some are feeling rather excited.

We are here to encourage, edify and exhort one another, to help each other through this walk we call life.

Life, even the Christian life, cannot be done alone; we all need others to help us and we also all need others to help.

Speak this out today…..”Lord I thank you for my brothers and sisters, for Christian fellowship”.

Hebrews 10 v 24 and 25…..And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much more, as ye see the day approaching

DIG for Sunday the 19th of June…..church is whenever and wherever we meet…..Hebrews 10 v 24

Church is not about the buildings and the practices; church is all about people.

Church is wherever and whenever we meet together as born again believers.

I have been fortunate over the last week and a half to have ‘done church’ with numerous believers.

From in the home of a dear brother and sister to in a church building, from in a bible college office to a sea front coffee shop and conference centre, from walking along the beach to sharing breakfast around the table in a bunkhouse; I’ve been to ‘church’ a lot this week!

Every time I met believers, wherever we were we ‘did church’.

The writer to the Hebrews talks about provoking each other; this means to stir up, to literally jab someone so that they have to respond.

Every time we ‘do church’ we should be challenged and activated, this is what Hebrews 10 v 24 is talking about.

I praise God that I was ‘jabbed’ many times this week by brothers and sisters in the Lord, and in return I hope I ‘jabbed’ them back.

We do not have to go to church to ‘do church’ (please note I am NOT telling you to stay away from church).

I am however encouraging you to meet with other believers, to provoke each other to God’s kind of love and to good works.

This of course can be done in the traditional way of meeting in a church building on a Sunday morning, however it can be done in an infinite number of other ways.

Wherever and whenever you ‘do church’ please do not stop!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for those born again believers I have around me that means I can provoke and be provoked”.

Hebrews 10 v 24…..And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works

DIG for Thursday the 26th of May…..the benefits of Christian fellowship…..Hebrews 10 v 25

The Grace and Faith conference has started and I am being blessed already, so the DIGs for the next few days will probably be either what Duane or Andrew or Wendell has been saying!

I know the teaching will be good, that is one of the main reasons for coming to a conference like this, however the other main reason is for the fellowship.

At a gathering like this you come together with like-minded people, all sharing one thing in common, that is faith in the mercy, compassion and goodness of the Lord.

When Nunsy and I started out in what is known as “the grace message” we did not have many like-minded people in our church and it was conferences and minister’s meetings where we met people with the same doctrine as we had.

They encouraged us, built us up and helped us in our walk; this was ten years ago now.

The wonderful thing is that we met up with some of those same people in the conference last night!

The other great thing for us is that we now have many people of the same view in our local church.

But it is still great to meet those who guided us in the early days.

The point I am trying to make is that we all need encouraged, edified and exhorted and that is done when we meet up with men and women of God, as a group that we call church.

We may be at conference (on a Saturday morning now), but we are getting ready to go to church.

We are getting ready to be blessed.

I pray that you are in fellowship with like-minded people, if not you need to find some.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Christian fellowship”.

Hebrews 10 v 25…..Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching

DIG for Sunday the 20th of March…..we all have a part to play in church…..Hebrews 10 v 24 and 25

 

We had a wonderful service at church today, with many people involved.

One elder opened, another received the offering and a different one led us in communion.

My wife Nunsy led us in worship, while numerous people shared, prayed and ministered one to another.

We had a sister singing in tongues and then bring us a great message from the Word and had words of love and encouragement from the Lord through another sister.

And what you may ask was I as pastor doing while all this was going on?

Well, I was sitting in a comfy chair at the back of the church being ministered to!

Church never has been and never should be a “one man show”.

Yes, a church should have a pastor but they are not the most important person in the fellowship; we are all ministers, one to another.

Everyone can minister; we can all encourage, edify and exhort each other, that is what Hebrews 10 v 24 and 25 says to us.

We can pray for each other, build each other up and go to one another for help.

And this should be happening in church.

I was so happy as a pastor this morning to see the fellowship minister as a body; it was wonderful to see.

Yes, you should all go to church in order to receive, however at the same time you should go with the attitude of wanting to help, give and bless.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the local church, thank you that you set this in place for our encouragement, edification and exhortation”.

Hebrews 10 v 24 and 25…..And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching

DIG for Thursday the 19th of November…..so why do you go to church…..Hebrews 10 v 25

I have just listened to a wonderful message around why we go to church (by Pastor Jacob Sheriff).

The key verses were of course Hebrews 10 v 23 to 25, however there are many other verses that tell us why we should meet as a body of believers (or go to church).

Many of these verses use two key words and these are “one another”.

Church is all about people, how we can bless them and how they can bless us.

Church is all about being with people, giving help and being helped.

Church is about caring for one another (1 Corinthians 12 v 25).

Church is about loving one another (John 13 v 34).

Church is about forgiving one another (Ephesians 4 v 32).

Church is about stirring one another in order move into love and good works (Hebrews 10 v 24).

In other words church is for you, meeting with other believers for mutual blessing and encouragement is for every single Christian and is essential.

If you do not go to church you are missing out and so is the church; you can bless others and you are missing out on the blessings from them.

Christianity has never been a solo occupation and it never will be, if you think this you are being selfish!

Selfish as you think you can walk without other believers and selfish as you don’t want to bless others.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the institution of the church, the vehicle you put in place for encouragement and edification of believers”.

Hebrews 10 v 25…..Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another: and so much more, as ye see the day approaching