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Acts 20:32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”  

EDIFICATION (Grk. oikodome, “building”); means building up. A building is therefore called an edifice. Accordingly, the work of confirming believers in the faith of the gospel and adding to their knowledge and grace is appropriately expressed by this term. Christians are said in the N.T. to be edified by the understanding of spiritual truth (1 Corinthians 14:3-5), by the work of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11-12,“building up”), and by good  speech (Ephesians 4:29). The means to be used for one’s up building are the study and hearing of God’s Word, prayer, meditation, self-examination, and Christian work of every kind. It is our duty to edify or “build up one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) by the exhibition of every grace of life and conversation. The term is also applied to believers as “living stones” builded up into a habitation for the Lord, constituting the great spiritual temple of God (Eph. 2:20-22; 1 Peter 2:5).(From The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary – Copyright (c) 1988.)

Understanding all of this, It is the challenge we have been called to as a congregation to “build up it-self” or make it stronger in the qualities that God approves. The 8th and Lee congregation functioning under its leadership is involved in the work of strengthening each member in the faith — this process of strengthening each member will result in a strong, sound, congregation.

Whenever we examine the Scriptural references where the word is translated edify or edification we understand that the church is to put forth the effort to grow, such as Peter says in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” You will notice that in this context the emphasis is placed by the writer on edification and the importance of it.

 “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,” this passage is an important one in understanding the very purpose of the church as Christ structured it; all things are to be done with the growth of the membership as goal.”
Ephesians 4:11-12

 “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” The conversation of those that make up the congregation ought to be so structured that the church is built up by it.”
Ephesians 4:29

Here we seek to obey and accomplish these things through:

  • The Bible Classes: It is always building-up {edifying} to each member and those that visit.  The class is well taught by the teacher and there is ample conversation from the class about the lesson texts.  We have an outstanding group of teachers from our youngest class (Infant) to our oldest class (Adult).
  • The Preaching: Our preacher makes thorough preparation to his sermon and always attempts to deliver it with honesty, humbleness, and adequate proof text of Scripture. The hearers are charged to listen intently for information that will help them grow and become better Christians.
  • The Lord’s Supper: The brethren that lead the service speak clearly and soundly about the purpose of the Lord’s Supper. The membership remains in a worshipful state during this and each phase of our service.
  • The Singing: The song leader for each service comes prepared to do the leading with devotion and zeal. The congregation follows the lead of the song leader, as each person is considerate of the words of each song sung.
  • The Prayers: Prayer is a very important part of the edification process because the man selected to lead the prayer is heard by everyone present — the prayer will therefore edify each person that hears it.
  • The Contribution: Their will be statements or passages of Scripture that are read by the men leading the service, that will edify and inform the membership and visitors alike, before the contributions are taken up.
  • It is our expectation that after the service here at 8th and Lee, each member and visitor alike will have been built up through their presence and joint participation during the services.  We welcome any questions or feedback as we simply strive to speak where the bible speaks and remain silent where it is silent.
  • that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Ephesians 4:14-16

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