Iron Sharpens Iron

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“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

On a scale of 1-10, how important is it to you to attend weekly church services? Going to church is more than just attendance, it’s a key part in our development and service in God’s Kingdom.

You and I were created for relationship and fellowship. It is embedded into our DNA.

“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18

No one is meant to live isolated from relationships. No matter our reason for isolating ourselves, it will have a negative impact on us because we were made for community.

Our reason for solitary may be the result of insecurity, hurt from the past or fear of rejection. Faith in Jesus Christ provides us with the ideal platform for creating strong relationships and a means of encouraging one another.

Grace levels the playing field.

Grace reminds us that no matter how much success we have achieved we all fall short of God’s glory. We stand equally broken before God. None of us is better than any one of us.

So, should we sit around and compare how bad we are or how great our failures are? No way!

God has redeemed us and has shown us a better way to live through His Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible. As iron sharpens iron, we are meant to sharpen one another.

This means we look for ways and opportunities to encourage and build up each other. Are you doing that?

This is one reason we weekly Bible and prayer gatherings, church services, and conferences. These platforms, not only prepare us to be more godly but encourage one another in faith.

Our edge becomes dull if not sharpened regularly. A dull edge is more dangerous than a sharp edge.

Faith in Jesus is not a competition it’s a war. We are fighting against an enemy who is committed to isolating you, crushing our faith in Christ, destroying marriages and families.

He wants to prevent you from doing what you should be doing so you won’t be who Jesus died for you to become. Here is a brief list of areas we need to encourage one another to do.

Prayer

 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42

Communication is key in every relationship we have and our relationship with God is no exception. Prayer is a crucial component in faith building. Encourage one another to pray and communicate with God.  

Study The Bible

One reason our prayer life suffers is that our time in God’s word is lacking.

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

 We can’t decree, declare or profess in prayer what we haven’t read in God’s word.

Prayer that is effective is prayer in Jesus name. In Acts 2:42, Luke also shares how believers devoted themselves to the apostles teaching. This means that they were engaged in understanding and actively applying what was taught.

Worship

Acts 2:47 says that when believers met, they gathered to praise God. Worship is the quintessential activity within the body of Christ.

Worship puts our relationship in perspective. It humbles us as we profess God as the one who saves us and provides for us.

Consistent Church Attendance

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Paul states it plainly in Hebrews that we are to encourage one another to be in church. The inference is that the closer the day of Jesus’ return is, the more our hearts will be drawn away from faithfulness.

My church attendance has a significant impact on the health of my relationship with God.

Serve

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Serving in the church should be the highlight of our week. We slave during the week for a paycheck but serve in the church for eternal benefits. There is no greater contribution than to the Kingdom of God and playing a part in seeing people come to know Christ or grow in faith.

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:6

 1 Corinthians tells us that there are many contributing parts to see people saved and growing in their faith.

As iron sharpens iron we are created for community and for the encouragement of one another, until the day of Jesus’ return. Join me in renewing our commitment to building the church and to the edification of faith in one another!

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