Stirred Not Shaken

When in fellowship, stir don’t shake.

This is not a guideline for pentecostal worship techniques, but a reminder of the point of Christian community as recorded in Hebrews 10:19-25:

Therefore, brothers,since we have confidence to enterthe holy places by the blood of Jesus, bythe new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our heartssprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodieswashed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Andlet 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, andall the more as you see the Day drawing near.

This weekend, as you join in worship, remember to encourage one another; to fan into flame the passion and gifting for service in gospel ministry. As God’s kindness has led you to repentance, even so, encourage your brothers and sisters in a similar manner.

Don’t neglect meeting together.

Don’t neglect blessing one another.

Don’t neglect sharpening one another.

For the health of the church, for the expanse of the gospel, and for the glory of God: stir up one another to love and good works.