Philippians 2:1-2 – So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Good people leaves church due to lack of moral support
Sincere people leaves church due to lack of communication and appreciation
Faithful volunteers do walk away from church due to lack of encouragement
No moral support is a subtle destructive force
But in the days of the Gospel, people were running towards Jesus for practical reasons
Matthew 9:36 – When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Jesus provided moral support for those who need it and want it
Jesus provided rest for those who need it and want it
People saw the sincerity and commitment of Jesus and were running towards Him.
People were receiving timely moral support from Jesus
Especially when people go through difficult life situation, lack of moral support from within and community leadership can do more harm to ministry teamwork more than outside challenges
Leadership’s sincerity and commitment will be called into question.
Japanese culture has the tendency to constitute isolationism, normalized lack of communication, promote attitude of indifference and indirectness for the sake of excessive formalities, manners and politeness. But all these have given rise to stress, depression, suicides, hikikomori ひきこもり or 引き籠り, and Karōshi (過労死)
Relationship, interaction and pro-active communication are to be the heart and soul of the church and Christian communities
1 Thessalonians 5:11 -Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
We need to focus on Christ centered fellowship, but silence and lack of pro-active timely communication is not healthy for any church!
Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Let’s go to Jesus
Let’s seek Jesus with our whole heart
Jesus never fails!
Let the words of Jesus be in our hearts and mind
Let’s us hang on to the promises of God for good