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Strengthening Relationships
Romans 12:9-13


A.      Every congregation has the potential …

1.      To share the gospel with a lost and dying world. Matt. 28:18-20

2.      To equip the body (by teaching) for the work of service. Eph. 4:11ff

3.      To shine in the selflessness of hospitality.

B.     Thanks to God, we have a reputation for hospitality. Cp. Acts 6

1.      We have brethren who care for family/brethren in need…regularly.

2.      Who invite/host the spiritual needs of lost souls.

3.      Still, there is something to be said of brethren who often spend time together.


I.         Spending More Time With One Another

A.      Brethren who typically spend more time with one another:

1.      Are more active in the overall work of the Lord.

2.      Are more edified among the saints.

3.      Are less likely to turn away from the Lord.

II.       Problems and Difficulties We’ve Created

A.      We live busy lives coupled with ever increasing distances.

B.      Lack of desire.

C.      Unrealistic expectations. cp. 3 Jn. 5-8

1.      Failing comparisons. 1 Cor. 12:4-7

2.      A spotless home.

III.      Making An Effort

A.      The challenge between now and Dec. 31st.

1.      Have or visit at least one family monthly over for a meal (potluck?) or simply visiting.

2.      Spread your hosting/visits out to people of differing ages, interests, etc. cp. 3 Jn. 5-8

3.      For the shy among us...make a sacrificial effort to have one person/family over between now and the end of the year.

IV.    None of this Matters …

A.      If there is no desire.

B.      If there is no effort.

C.      If practiced from ulterior motives.

1.      Those who have people over but expect to be had over: it doesn’t work that way.

2.      Do it to build up your brethren and refine your love for one another.


A.      Sharing in each other’s lives may seem trivial to some and overwhelming to others.

B.      It cannot be denied however, that the more time we spend sharing in each other’s lives, the closer we become to each other and the desire to serve the Lord together.


Glory to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Franklin Church of Christ