This is the free student devotional for Purpose, Session 3: Giving on Purpose.
Serve the Church
Think about all the things you like about your church. Thank God for your church family and ask Him to help you learn more about your role in it today.
Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. —Hebrews 10:23-25
Read Hebrews 10:19-25 in your Bible. Draw a line between the “Since we” part of the passage (v. 21), which explains the basis for these instructions, and the “let us” part of the passage (vv. 23-25), which gives us the commands.
List everything Paul is saying you should do. Beside each command, jot down a reason you should do those things.
Because God is faithful, as a believer, you’re called to live out that faithfulness. How does serving in your church relate to that? Explain.
Behind the Story
In chapters 7-10 of Hebrews, the writer focused on the superiority of Christ. That is the context in which the commands about being committed to the church were given. If Jesus reigns supreme and His blood made payment for our sins, then we are bound to Him and should honor and love the church, His Bride.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to other believers. We can’t honor that responsibility if we don’t regularly interact with Christians in a local church.
• Thank God for your church. Look for ways you can demonstrate faithfulness to Him in service to it. Record one way you’ll do so this week.
• For further study on the importance of church, read Acts 2:42-47, Romans 12:10-13, and Colossians 3:16.
Meet, call, or Skype with the friends who have been memorizing 1 John 1:9-10 with you this week. Repeat the passage to one another and discuss how God has shown you the truth of these verses this week.