This past Sunday, I preached on the characteristics of an effective church. As is the case, I didn’t have enough time to touch upon all of the topics or even expand on the given characteristics. So, to make up for it, I’ve decided to include this post-addendum section in the RGC blog. I would encourage you to copy the following list and keep it in your Bible. Perhaps you should keep it next to your “Thanksgiving” list. If you kept notes, this list falls under the 5th characteristic: Love for One Another.
It is vital to answer the question, “Why do we go to church?” And in answering the question, we need to be reminded that the answer is found in Hebrews 10:24-25. The author of Hebrews writes, “ And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
You go to church to love others and to encourage others. Notice, you don’t go to church necessarily for yourself. Hebrews 10:24-25 should be engraved on our hearts brethren! This repels consumerism and the overarching desire to serve “self”. Here is a list of 8 truths that helps to focus our attention away from ourselves and onto another.
1) “ So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” Romans 14:19–We are called to build up one another.
2) “ I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.” Romans 15:14–We are called to admonish one another, counseling with a view toward their sinful behavior.
3) “ Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2–We are called to bear one another’s burdens.
4) “ bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Col 3:13–We are called to constantly and lovingly forgive one another.
5) “ Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thess 4:18–We are called to comfort one another.
6) “ This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,” Titus 1:13–We are called to reprove one another as necessary.
7) “ not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25–We are called to encourage one another and gather together.
8) “ Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” James 5:16–We are called to pray for one another and confess our sins to one another.
Review this list. Look at the subtle but overarching theme to “die to self”. May I encourage you to copy and paste this list and add it to the list that exhorts us to pursue thanksgiving.