3. Building each other up

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16, James 3, Hebrews 10:19-25

In community, we need to pay attention not only to ourselves, but also to others—how they are doing and what they are feeling. This week, look out for others who are struggling and take time to encourage, build up, and pray for them.

Reflection questions:

  1. How can the community we find ourselves in build us up? How can it tear us down?
  2. How do you think James 3 fits into the idea of community? How does this affect the way we act on this trip?
  3. Is there someone on this trip that feels like a burden to you (someone that bothers you)? What does it look like to treat this person with respect and love?
  4. Who do you need to encourage this week?

“The body of Christ was alive, no longer trapped in stained-glass windows or books of systematic theology. The body of Christ was literal, living, hungry, thirsty, bleeding. Church was no longer something we did for an hour on Sunday, and church was not a building with a steeple. As Don Everts says in his book Jesus with Dirty Feet, ‘Referring to the church as a building is like referring to people as two-by-fours.’ She came to life. The church became something we are—an organism, not an organization.” —Shane Claiborne