Barn raising

The Amish are well-known for their community support for each other. In the 18th and 19th centuries, entire communities would gather together to raise a barn for their neighbor.  The men would do the hard labor and the women would help them with nourishment to keep working hard all day long.

Something similar takes place in the life of a healthy church.  When their are projects to be done, they will come together in support of their neighbor who needs help. This can be as simple as providing meals to those who are sick or who have recently had a baby. It can be as complex as a bunch of men gathering together to help put a new roof on a needy family who can’t afford it.

This past week, one of our members moves to a new house. Some 25 people showed up to help them in the move.  Some were heavy lifters.  Others helped with the food when we finished. We all were there to support our fellow believers in Christ.

This is how the church is built.  “Christ,… according to the proper working of each individual part causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16).

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