“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us. My husband talks about a time when he thought he didn’t need the church. He decided he would study God’s Word on his own, rather than meeting with the body of Christ. He says that it didn’t take too long before he felt empty, and in need of spiritual growth. When God’s people come together, they are able to lean on each other and grow from each other.
God’s word says where two or more gathered there He is also in Matthew 18:20. We know that He is in the midst of us when we meet together. This verse says exactly that. The role of the church is to equip others to be able to spread the gospel of Christ. It is not one person’s job as this verse in Ephesians says, but everyone’s job, whether you are a teacher, a pastor, and apostle, etc. Your job is to grow in the Lord, and make his name known.
Spend some time in prayer today about how you can grow in your daily walk with Him, and also how you can bring the gospel message with you everywhere you go.