Each week, my school’s BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) meets for a time of prayer on campus. This is especially exciting because we’re on a secular campus, and yet we’re still able to just spend some time together, worshipping and presenting our requests to God. This past Tuesday was my turn to lead the prayer, and the theme was encouraging each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. I thought you might be interested in seeing what the Bible has to say about what true Christian friendship looks like, so here’s a copy of the meeting’s outline.
If we want God to make an impact on the world through us, we’ve got to stand together. These words were written many years ago, but they still contain truth and power. May we be encouraged by the words God placed in the hearts of his servants, and may we be willing to take the challenge and show the love of Christ wherever we are.
In His love,
Meeting Outline for 10-30-12
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
I. Pray for each other’s needs
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
“Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
II. Pray about ways we can use our unique gifts to work together and share Christ’s love on campus.
“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”
1 Corinthians 12:14-20
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Colossians 4:2, 4-6
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful… Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
III. Pray about ways to love and support each other so that other’s can see Jesus in our lives.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”