“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16
Each part of the body has a responsibility to build up one another. Healthy churches are loving, supportive communities. They aren’t reservoirs collecting information about the Christian faith, they’re rivers of living water, refreshing and nourishing others. Churches show signs of the abundant life that Jesus gives. They grow both numerically and spiritually. We can’t be a source of encouragement for others or build them up if we aren’t growing spiritually ourselves.