The Greek word “oikodomeo” means “to build (up), edify, or strengthen”. It expresses the strengthening effect of teaching (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Cor. 14; 2 Cor. 10:8; 12:19; 13:10) – Vine’s, An Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, p. 148.
1 Thes. 5:11
Besides encouraging one another, what are these Christians commanded to do?
Even though these Christians were already building up one another, why do you think they’re commanded to keep on keeping on in their building up of one another (“build up” is in the present, active, indicative tense of the verb meaning to continue building), 1 Thes. 5:2, 6, 9-10?
Are you constantly building up other Christians spiritually because it’s both a command (and therefore God’s will for you) to do so as well as out of a realization and appreciation that Christ is going to return to bring you salvation and, therefore, you shouldn’t be spiritually sleepy/lethargic/ indifferent/lazy, but ready/fit to live together with Him?
Besides pursuing the things which make for peace (i.e., harmonious relations with each other as Christians), what else are these Christians commanded (and therefore God’s will) to pursue?
Are you actively pursuing the building up of other Christians spiritually?
Are you being built up spiritually by others?
How does a Christian actively pursue building up other Christians and being built up spiritually by other Christians?
Are you looking for Christians who are teachable and eager to learn so as to teach them God’s Word accurately and help refine their character through role-modeling Christlikeness and through reproving and correcting them?
And are you making yourself available to be taught and trained by those who are more biblically knowledgeable and/or more mature spiritually in Christ-like character, and why?
God gave spiritually gifted Christians (such as apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers) to equip the saints (i.e., all the other Christians) for doing the work of service (which is evangelism to the non-believer and biblical instruction/teaching to the believer, Acts 13:2, 4-5, 38-41; 14:21-22, 26; 15:38, 41; 18:23) in order to do what, Eph. 4:12?
[In building up the body of Christ quantitatively/numerically through evangelism (e.g., Acts 9:20, 22, 31) and qualitatively/in purity of character through accurate/sound Bible teaching, correction, reproof, and role-modeling, Christians would hopefully grow to maturity, even to the fullness of Christ (i.e., Christlikeness), Eph. 4:13. This, in turn, would help to prevent these Christians from being deceived and spiritually tossed around by false doctrine/teaching, Eph. 4:14.].
So, the key to building up Christians spiritually is to what, Eph. 4:15?
The proper working of each individual part (i.e., each Christian’s responsibility) causes what, Eph. 4:16?
Are you fulfilling your responsibility in doing God’s will to build up the body of Christ quantitatively through evangelism and qualitatively through teaching the truth (i.e., the Bible accurately) in love, reproving, correcting, and being a role-model in character, and why?
If not, is it because you don’t know how to and so need to first be equipped/trained by spiritually gifted Christians, Eph. 4:11-12?
If so, will you seek to be equipped/trained by such a person or group, and why?
Acts 20:32 What is able to build up these Christians?
[If a Christian is accurately instructed in and obeys God’s Word, the Bible, then it will build him/her up spiritually.].
Are you being taught God’s Word accurately and obeying it so that you can grow spiritually?
And are you teaching other Christians the word of God’s grace so that they can be built up?
If not, what do you plan to do about it?
1 Cor. 3:10-17 What is each person to be careful about, 1 Cor. 3:10?
Are you careful about how you build upon the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
The way to be careful to build upon the gospel is to use gold, silver, and precious stones (i.e., truth or correct/biblical doctrine) and not wood, hay, and straw (i.e., error or false doctrine). Judgment day (2 Cor. 5:10) will determine the quality of each person’s work (of teaching), 1 Cor. 3:13. If the quality of work (i.e., teaching) remains (is accurate/truth), what will he receive, 1 Cor. 3:14?
And if a person’s work (i.e., teaching) is burned up (i.e., does not stand the test of biblical truth), he will suffer the loss of a reward. But if he’s a believer, he himself will be saved (i.e., go to heaven), 1 Cor. 3:15. If any man (i.e., false teacher) destroys (i.e., injures with false teaching) the temple of God (i.e., Christians collectively), God will destroy (i.e., injure with punishment or a worse state) that person, 1 Cor. 3:17.
Col. 2:6-7 Besides having been firmly rooted in Christ, what was now happening to these Christians?
And how were they being built up in Christ?
Are you making yourself available to accurate, biblical instruction so that you’re being built up in Christ?
If so, how, and when?
1 Pet. 2:2, 5
How could these Christians grow in respect to their salvation (i.e., becoming more Christ-like), 1 Pet. 2:2?
Are you longing to know and obey God’s Word, the Bible, like a baby longs for milk, and why?
Because these Christians were obeying God’s Word (i.e., truth, 1 Pet. 2:22), what was true of them, 1 Pet. 2:5?
Are you being built up spiritually because you’re longing for and obeying the Bible?
If so, how?
2 Cor. 12:19
Why did Paul and Timothy write/speak the things that they did in this letter to the Corinthian Christians?
Are the things you write and/or speak to other Christians for their up-building or to stroke your own ego/pride?
Gal. 4:19 What was the goal of Paul’s labor in regard to these Galatian Christians?
Is one of your main goals in life to labor in God’s work of building up Christians into Christlikeness, and why?
If so, how are you going about doing so?
If it’s not one of your main priorities as a Christian, should it be, and why (2 Cor. 5:15; 1 Thes. 5:11; Rom. 14:19)?
Eph. 4:29 Instead of speaking unwholesome words, only what kind of words should we speak?
Are the words you speak edifying (i.e., building up) the people you talk to according to their needs at the moment?
[Christians can be built up by correction, reproof, rebuke, and exhortation (2 Tim. 4:2) as well as by encouragement, instruction, and comfort.].
For what reason should we please our neighbor (i.e., fellow Christian) when it comes to abstaining from involvement in things/activities that might offend them?
Are you willing to abstain from involvement in perfectly legitimate activities if you know those activities will offend a fellow Christian who is around you at that time (because he/she thinks the activity is sinful), and why?
1 Cor. 10:23-24
All things that are amoral (i.e., neutral/indifferent) are lawful, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re profitable or what?
Just because something may be lawful to do does not mean that it’s either profitable for either you or others or edifying (i.e., up-building) for others. Are you willing to forgo involvement in activities that don’t build up other Christians spiritually, and why?
1 Cor. 8:1
What does love do (Gk. “agape” – is seeking the other person’s best interests according to what the Bible states as to what’s best for an individual)?
[“knowledge” – knowing more than another person as to what’s right and wrong to do in the Christian life can lead to pride and hurt other people if you do what’s legally/biblically fine to do but is offensive to Christians regarding amoral issues that they think are sinful, e.g., 1 Cor. 8:4, 12].
Are you edifying (i.e., building up) other Christians spiritually by loving (doing what’s best for) them rather than ruining (i.e., hurting, tearing down, 1 Cor. 3:11-13) them spiritually by your actions?
Since biblical love edifies (builds up) and since biblical love is seeking the other person’s best interest, then biblical love includes correcting, training, reproving, rebuking, exhorting, admonishing as well as encouraging and comforting the person when it’s what’s best for him/her. Are you doing these to those who need it?
And are you graciously desiring, accepting, and seeking these things from other Christians so that you’re being built up spiritually?
If so, how?
Why did Paul and Timothy purpose to labor and strive to admonish and teach every Christian they could?
Is this your purpose for what you labor and strive for in life, and why?
Do you need to be taught and trained/equipped how to do this?
If so, will you be, and how soon?
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