GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …
“Are You Bonded?”
No, I’m not speaking to a group of people who arrange bail or a group of contractors. As we all know, to be bonded is to be connected – cemented – glued – secured. I’m speaking to Christians who attend church on a regular basis. Therefore, a better question: Are you bonded to a church? Are you bonded to Christ?
Our Sunday Leadership class was about: “Bonding People to The Church”. Did you know that we are all responsible for bonding people to the church?
“A healthy church member bonds with people.” – Pastor V.S. Brice
Pastor Brice gave us a list of signs of a healthy church member: Read: Philippians 1:3-8
- You think of other members often. (Philippians 1:3)
- You pray for each other. (Philippians 1:4)
- You fellowship often. (Philippians 1:5)
- You have confidence in God that He is bonding us together. (Philippians 1:6)
- You love one another. (Philippians 1:7)
- You long to be with the church. (Philippians 1:8)
Think on this for a moment. We often leave the bonding of people to the church up to others. You may even have a hospitality group in your church that does this. However, everyone associated with the church has the responsibility to bond with each other – to share the goodness of God with each other. Whether a new member or an established member of the church.
“And don’t forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” – Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
Smiling – saying: “Good morning!” – giving Christian hugs or handshakes – just breaks the surface of fellowshipping and bonding. Why? Do you even know the name of the person you just gave a hug or handshake? Their status: single – married – children – grandchildren – or if students: school – college, etc.? How can you be of encouragement to someone if you don’t really know them? Yes, I’m speaking to me also, because I’m guilty of this.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Stop being a back-seat driver – get in the driver’s seat. Be the one bonding. Get behind the helm of the ship – don’t let the ship sail without you. You’re the captain – let God direct you! Follow His instructions. Embody the signs of a healthy church member. Read: Philippians 1:3-8. Bond!
Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan