Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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.
And let us consider how to stir up one another in love and good works not neglecting to meet together. That is quite an encouragement for the church. It is easy to see church as something you go to but here the author of Hebrews points us to a path that is not simply about attending a service but about engaging in a way that is intimate. Encourage one another, stir up in love with good works, these are not admonitions that are fulfilled at a distance or by simply attending a service. These require us to be together in close proximity sharing experiences, even working together.
When I look at the goals of Mercy Hill Church as a local expression of God’s global community my desire is to see us come together in this type of fellowship. In this type of community. In this type of koinonia. To stand alongside one another unified for the purposes of love and good works in community.
It is for this reason that we seek to have members of the Church engaged. Not simply in attending a community group (although EVERYONE should be attending a community group) but also involved in some form of ministry. You see for us the ministries of greeters, or hospitality, or Children’s church, or worship or whatever else you can think of is not simply about performing a task but is ultimately about building relationships. To provide opportunities to stir up one another, to love one another, to do good works side by side motivated by the truth we are united in our love for Christ and His church. Every position of service at MH is intended to provide the opportunity to build relationships.
If you have not found a place of ministry yet, DO IT! Don’t see it as simply a task to perform but cherish it as an opportunity to build relationships with brothers and sisters as you serve God’s people. Not only will the church be blessed but you and those you serve alongside will see the Spirit of God stirred up in your lives.