Paul’s favourite name for believers was brethren. He used it at least sixty times in his letters, and in the two Thessalonian epistles, he used it twenty-seven times. For us we translate it brothers and sisters. Paul saw the local church as a family. Each member was born again by the Spirit of God and possessed God’s nature. They all were part of God’s family.
It is tragic when believers neglect or ignore the local church. No family is perfect and no local church is perfect, but without a family to protect him and provide for him, a child would suffer and die. The child of God needs the church family if he is to grow, develop his gifts, and serve God.
What are the essentials for a persevering, spiritual and thriving church family? When the church family is lead, working and worshipping together.
Pray that we will co-operate and work together for the sake of the gospel.
1 Thess 5:19-20 “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt…”