Congregational Life

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15

cheerful diverse friends gathering in modern studio
Photo by Matheus Bertelli on

Hardly any other passage of Scripture provides such nitty-gritty instruction about how to live together in Christ’s church than this one. Paul prescribes specific duties for specific infirmities: admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, and help the weak. The overall force of Paul’s instruction indicates that sin does not resolve over time if left alone; instead, believers must be proactive in ministering to fellow members in order that congregations may grow in spiritual health and maturity.