Friday, June 13, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Romans 1:11-12(NASB)
11 For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine.
Eileen and I were talking with one of our neighbors in our apartment complex a few days ago when the subject of church came up; the mom was one of those all-too-typical people who are "spiritual" but don't go to church. Some of those people may have been hurt by a past church experience and don't want to go back, while others may prefer a personal flexidoxy to the standard brands; I don't know what bucket my neighbor belongs to as of yet. Trying to live out your faith on your own isn't easy, for you don't get the encouragement of other believers, as Paul was looking forward to with the Romans. You also don't get the accountability of other believers; for people who have yet to find Jesus and don't want to be held accountable for how they live their lives, that part of fellowship is scarry. We're not designed to be Lone Ranger Christians, for personal interaction with other believers strengthens our walk. Iron sharpens iron.

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