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“As we have therefore opportunity . . .” (Galatians 6:10).

In the New Testament, one can find three general categories of work for God’s people. They are evangelism, edification, and benevolence. Each has a unique role in the growth and welfare of the church of our Lord.

Before leaving the earth, Jesus instructed His disciples: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you . . .” (Matthew 28:19-20a; cp. Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:44-47). The Lord sent Paul to evangelize the Gentiles (Acts 22:10-21), and the early church sent out missionaries to spread the Gospel (Acts 13:1-5). Since the Gospel is God’s message of salvation, and since God wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4), it is imperative that His people continue to share His message with the world.

Edification refers to spiritual improvement through teaching. This was done in the church from the beginning (Acts 2:42; 5:42). The apostle Paul emphasized the need for continual study. He told the young preacher Timothy, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine . . . .Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Timothy 4:13, 16; cp. 2 Timothy 1:13; 2:2; 3:14-15; 4:1-4). As Christians, therefore, we place great emphasis on continual study that we might “handle aright” the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15 ASV).

The church of the New Testament was a caring and giving group of believers. They fed widows daily (Acts 6:1-4), and even sold possessions to supply the needs of their brethren (Acts 4:34-37). They collected funds and sent them to other congregations to ease the suffering of those who were in need (1 Corinthians 16:1-3). Christians are instructed to help all people, but especially their brethren (James 1:27; Galatians 6:10).

To be faithful to the Lord, we seek to be actively involved in evangelism, edification, and benevolence as the Lord has directed.

The church of Christ at Elkmont has an humble and sincere interest in the spiritual welfare of others. We welcome the opportunity to assist anyone in their study of the Bible, and appreciate anyone’s willingness to help us in the pursuit of truth. As Isaiah said, “Come now, and let us reason together . . .” (Isaiah 1:18).

If you would like to engage in a home Bible study, receive a free Bible correspondence course, or if you have any questions, we are always here to serve. We can be contacted in person, by email, or by phone. We look forward to hearing from you!

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