Edification is a command for all Christians (1 Thess. 5:11).  To edify is to build up, to strengthen.  I think all of us are interested in helping to build up the church here and we all can have a part in that work.  Below are several suggestions for how we can succeed in this task.

Try to do something thoughtful for someone in the church each week.  We are to love one another (Rom. 12:15; Gal. 6:2).  Choose someone who you notice needs an act of love and show him or her you care.  Acts of love remind us that we are family—God’s family.

Spend some time studying your Bible before you arrive for the Bible class period (even though you aren’t teaching the class).  Students who are prepared by studying and being able to relate to the things the teacher says are marks of a good Bible class.  By sharing your own thoughts with others about the lesson, you impart wisdom and prompt thoughtful discussion in the class. 

Give God your very best worship.  We must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).  And by doing so, we build up others.  Concentration and uninhibited participation is necessary to accomplish this goal.  Such worship makes an impression on others and upon each of us.  Enthusiasm is contagious!

Look for every opportunity to share the gospel.  Evangelism (soul-winning) is our business (Matt. 28:18-20).  Don’t be timid or embarrassed to tell someone this week about your faith and the efforts you and this church are making to share the good news of Jesus Christ and His salvation with this community.  Invite them to come to a worship assembly or a Bible class.  Give them our website address and encourage them to check us out.  Ask and encourage them to begin a private Bible study with you or someone else.  Never pass up the chance to discuss spiritual things with others.  It really is more important than the weather, sports or politics.

Determine in your heart to present each day as an offering the Lord.  As we awaken every day, we need to realize we have a fresh, new day.  We are to “present our bodies as a living sacrifice” to the Lord (Rom. 12:1) and give light to the world which will guide them to the truth (Matt. 4:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:12).

Ask a brother or sister to join you in some spiritual task.  There is wisdom in working two by two” (Luke 10:1).  It is encouraging to work with others.  We build a stronger fellowship with others when we share in spiritual work.  Remember how fondly Paul always wrote of his “fellow-laborers” in the Lord (Phil. 2:25).  We can have such fondness among our brethren today.


One person doing these things will accomplish much, but imagine the impact when many of us are busy doing the same things.  And in accepting this challenge we can build up this church!