Shared Responsibility –

“Enrolling all to do their part.”

Believers in a simple church need to recognize that they, together, are a localized expression of Christ’s Body, and that all of them are living members of it (Rom. 12:4-5). As such, each of them has an indispensable role to play in contributing to the Body’s needs and carrying out its mission. Effective simple churches repeatedly stress these points:

1. Every Christian brings God (the Holy Spirit) with him when he arrives at the meeting. So everyone needs to assume some responsibility, in Jesus’ name, for the content, flow, quality and outcomes of their time together.

2. The Spirit of God expresses his love through those in whom he dwells by offering “spiritual gifts” to others who need them.

3. When the church/Body gathers, time
often needs to be set aside for everyone to disclose their needs and offer their gifts (1 Cor. 14:26), some of which they have prepared in advance. This practice of open sharing (“Body Life”) gives the Spirit freedom to powerfully reveal Himself through many, so it works especially well as the centerpiece activity of a simple church.

TEACHING IDEAS - To help you present this "essential" to your group(s) so they can adopt and apply it, click on these two links:
(1) Shared Responsibility (a shortened version of the chapter by this name from the new book Gold, Silver and Precious Stones - See Products and Resources).
(2) One Another's.