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Building Each Other Up

That’s what we do each Sunday. When we gather, when we sing our faith, when we listen to the Word, when we share the bread and cup. We strengthen one another.

That’s what we do each day of the week. When we pray for each other, when we confess our sins to one another, when we fight for joy together, when we meet each others’ needs, when we break bread in our homes. We persevere our faith together.

This is the church.

And this is the kind of church we’re finding Hinson to be.

When a fellow church member sings his heart out in the morning worship service, my faith is built up. When friends rearrange their schedules in order to babysit our kids all weekend, my heart is hugged. When a sister in Christ confesses her struggle to me, my care for her grows. When a friend comes to the ER to sit with me and my baby, my heart is supported (and baby Brynn is just fine, by the way). When I share my weaknesses and am embraced instead of rejected, my hope is brightened.

God is building His church, and we believers are the stones. As Peter explains in his first letter {1 Peter 2:5 ESV}

you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

We need each other, and when we live together as God intends, it’s a beautiful thing to behold!

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