The work within the kingdom can be classified into three areas: evangelism, edification of believers, and benevolence. At least this is the conclusion of Brother Everett in his book, “The Church of Christ for Today”. This book is warrants a serious read.
These are of course tangible works observed by anyone who cares to look. However there is an intangible work not seen so easily. There is a work so vital that these tangible works are empowered by its results.
The fact is you can have the most talented people in the world, knowledgeable of the greatest truths known to man, each devoted to the greatest teacher to ever exist, and get little if anything at all done of any significance. How is this possible? The answer is to emphasize the tangible and ignore the spiritual.
You can have a great team with loads of talent and have a loosing season just because the team ignored each other. The team neglected its spirit and what glues the team members together in its quest for excellence. The movie “Remember the Titans” illustrates this reality.
This intangible work is called the fellowship. The earliest disciples in the kingdom were continually devoted (hold fast to, continue in, persevere in something) to the fellowship. They demonstrated this persistence by sharing with each other materially, studying together in the temple, having common meals to- gether, by being sincere and having an aurora of gladness, praising God and having favor with all people.
Paul wrote to the Romans instructing them in essence the importance of this intangible work. In other words, what happened at Pentecost was not to be a one time event. Devotion to the fellowship was necessary to the Romans as well.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. (Romans 12:9-13)
The atmosphere, which is created when a group obeys these few verses of scripture, empowers the tangible mission the citizens of the kingdom have been given to accomplish. This atmosphere is the fellowship; it is what bonds us together to each other; it is what bonds us together with God. This atmosphere takes work and is as much a work of the church as it evangelism, edification of believers, and benevolence. If neglected, nothing of any real significance get done.
From my heart to yours, Luskey Green. South Jackson Street Church of Christ email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://luskeygreen.net