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“Local Body Must Make Itself Available,” by Wylie Comp of Faith Harvest Ministries

 meetingAs important as having the desire to be involved is, more important for the work of outreach is the fact that a local body must make itself available. There are many believers “on fire for God” who are involved with local bodies, but regretfully, some of these bodies cannot, will not, or have not, made
themselves available for the work. Many are caught up in time monopolizing programs and overlook, even to the point of dismissing those who would be involved in outreach. Outreach, witnessing and
evangelizing should never be an over-consuming part of a local body.
None-the-less, a local body should deliberately and with purpose, make itself available to grow the family of God wherever it is led by the Holy Spirit. Being open to that leading is a very important aspect of a local body of believers.The Apostle Peter was forceful in his message to the Nation of Israel, when they asked his counsel as to what they should do in response to hearing the
truth about Christ. “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day…. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2.41-42, 47)
After we accept Christ and His gift of salvation, we are to follow Him by: Being in fellowship with other believers, sharing what God has done in our lives, praying for one another, encouraging one another, and caring. Caring enough about those who have not heard to be available to get the Word out, and if not called ourselves, be there for those who are.
We are also to support those involved in the work of outreach. In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he challenged the believers there to support those who were doing the work. Obviously this includes fiscal assistance, but it also means support in all other areas as well.
We need to exhort and encourage one another on a daily basis. We are all witnesses to those who have not yet received or heard the truth of Christ, let alone accepted the gift of salvation. All God is asking any believer is to be a conduit for the truth that lives within them.

We need to be encouraged regularly so that we can feel the joy of sharing our faith. The local body has the responsibility of being available to do this. Not as a program, but a process where those who need exhorting and instruction can receive it as a matter of course; prayerfully and not as an exception. We are to “…encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you (us) may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Hebrews 3.13)

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