Paul told the Thessalonians that we should encourage one another and build each other up because Jesus died so that we might live together with him (1 Thessalonians 5:10-11). We are all here because we want to live with Jesus, and that means living with each other. It’s only when we come together that we are the church.
The problem with living together is that I am a long way from being perfect. Firstly, I’m selfish and I think my way is best. On top of that, I have experienced many things which mean I am likely to react in unpredictable ways to protect myself rather than the way you may expect me to act. So, if you build me up, then it will make life easier for you!
As it happens, I don’t think that I am the only person in this church who isn’t perfect (Romans 3:23). Building you up may well make life easier for me.
OK, I’m being a bit ironic here. So, let’s look at this from another angle.
God wants us to love each other because he is love. He created us in his image, that is to be love, just as he is love. Jesus saved us and set us free from sin so that we could become Christ-like.
Building one another up is a natural out working of that Christ-like love. But sometimes it is just hard to know how. Sometimes we just need some simple tools to help us.
Di Morgan has lots of experience in building people up. She had 20 years of experience in a large inner-city parish doing just that. She has years of experience lecturing at Mary Andrew’s College on Pastoral Care and on personal life in ministry. She is highly regarded in mentoring people in paid ministry. She is passionate about building pastorally caring Christian communities and she has the ability to explain the tools we need in a way everyone can understand.
I encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in the interactive seminar she will be giving this afternoon. It will be a valuable and fun time together.