. . . serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13c)
When a church body lives out the one another commands in the New Testament, all people, regardless of their need, will find help. Ministry happens. For example . . .
- Those who are lonely will feel connected as they become part of a people who know what it means to be members of one another.
- Those who are immature will grow as they are surrounded by people who build up one another.
- Those who are weak will find strength as they are among people who care for one another.
- Those who are self-centered will learn to think of others as they experience life with those who truly love one another.
- Those who are in the minority will find acceptance as they rub shoulders with people who believe they should be of the same mind with one another.
- Those who are strangers will feel a warmth as they are around people who greet one another.
- Those who are hurting will heal as they are surrounded by people who comfort one another.
- Those who are stressed out will find relief as they are encountered by people who bear one another's burdens.
- Those who are proud will become humble as they try to function with a group of people who believe in submitting to one another.
- Those who are discouraged will begin to hope again as they come along side of people who encourage one another.
- Those who are apathetic will be motivated as they rub shoulders with people who seek to spur one another on.
- Those who are caught up in a sin will be held accountable as a part of a people not afraid to admonish one another and pray for one another.
- Those who are vulnerable will be protected as they are surrounded by tender-hearted people who have compassion toward one another.
- Those who are dysfunctional will learn healthy ways of coping as they associate with people who are devoted to one another.
- Those who fail will find grace and forgiveness as they walk among those who are willing to bear with one another.
When a church body operates within the sphere of spiritual gifting, needs are met. Learn more in the spiritual gifts div of the site. There you will find definitions, ways the various gifts can be used, and even an online spiritual gifts test to help you identify your gifts.
This is ministry at its best and it will only happen in a church that practices body life principles. Too often such ministry is hit or miss, sporadic, or absent. When following God's design for the church, however, such ministry becomes intentional, normal, expected, and regular. The Body Life Ministry Manual provides some suggestions for encouraging such ministry.