Strengthen The Brethren

J. D. Conley
December 31, 2017

We Are Called Upon To Strengthen One Another.

(cf. Rom.14:1, 15:1, 1Thess.5:14). It is not enough to save the lost We must also strengthen the saved. Often we forget the third prong of Christianity, that being the edification of our brethren. It's important that we guard against getting so wrapped up in evangelism and benevolence that we neglect the edifying of one another.

God Wants Strong Men And Women.

This shows that we must strengthen one another. "Give us strong churches" is the crying need of the hour. Luke records, "Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea: and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied" (Acts 9:31). This verse says the churches were multiplied and edified. The numerical growth of the church will be commensurate with the strengthening of its members. A strong church cannot be built on weak members. Therefore, God wants strong men and women in the church, (1Cor.16:13; Col. 1:10,11).

Those Who Need To Be Strengthened.

Babes in Christ need to be made stronger, (1Pet.2:1-3). Those who are immature spiritually need to be strengthened, (Heb.5:12-14). Those who are in danger of fainting, need fortified, (Pro.24:10). Death, sickness, material reverses, are times of crises during an individual's life. Yet from these experiences one will either grow stronger or weaker. Let us strengthen one another in times of crises.

Things Wherewith One May Strengthen Another.

Let us show love and speak words of commendation and encouragement to our brethren, (Heb.13:1; Eph.4:29). Encouragement is like high octane fuel, it takes the knocks out of living. Our Bible school teachers need encouragement and a showing of appreciation. Our teachers receive little recognition for the work they do.

Barnabas, An Example Of One Who Used His Influence To Strengthen.

His name was Joses but the apostles surnamed him Barnabas, "son of consolation, exhortation, encouragement" (Acts 4:36). Barnabas helped the poor, Saul, and Mark, he was one who helped. When we help each other, we strengthen each other, we strengthen the church as a whole. Let's do all we can to strengthen our brethren at home and abroad.