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The title phrase is one commonly heard when describing particular congregations. But what does it mean to be a caring church? Is this church a caring church? Let’s find out.

A Caring Church is a Sharing Church. A caring church is thankful Christ has shared with them and thus is willing to share with others (Hebrews 13:16; 2 Corinthians 9:13). A caring church shares with one another, both blessings and burdens (Romans 12:15; Galatians 6:2). A caring church shares the gospel with the lost and shares with those who spread the gospel (Philemon 6; Philippians 4:15).

A Caring Church is a Declaring Church. A caring church is one that declares Jesus as Lord and Savior (1 John 1:1-3; Romans 1:1-6). A caring church is one which declares the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27; 1 Thessalonians 2:4). A caring church is one that will declare praise to God in proper heart-felt worship (John 4:24; Hebrews 2:12).

A Caring Church is a Preparing Church. A caring church is one that prepares for eternity (1 Corinthians 15:23-24; Hebrews 11:16). A caring church is one that prepares its members to live pure, faithful, and active lives for Christ (2 Timothy 2:20-22; Ephesians 2:10). Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people and the caring church is preparing its members for heaven (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:1-3).

A caring church cares for its members, cares for others, cares for what is right, and cares for God. As a result, a caring church will always be sharing, declaring, and preparing. Do you care enough to help keep this church a caring church?

Edd Sterchi
Campbellsville, KY
BulletinDigest.com

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