Demonstrating Love and Unity in the Local Church

In his book Marks of the Messenger, Mack Stiles provides 16 ways in which we can show love and unity in our churches and so become healthier evangelists.

1. Attend a church that takes the gospel seriously (Hebrews 10:25).

2. Become an actual member of a church.

3. Read C. J. Mahaney’s book Humility once a year.

4. Turn down jobs that might take you away from church even if they pay more.

5. Arrange family vacations around your church’s schedule.

6. If your church doesn’t have a church covenant, think about developing one that expresses your love for each other.

7. Move to a house closer to the church and use your house as a place of hospitality (Romans 12:13).

8. Practice church discipline.

9. Respect, even revere, the authority in the church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).

10. Turn heads—really practice the biblical teachings of giving and receiving forgiveness.

11. Take care of people who are in need physically in your congregation (Romans 12:13).

12. Pray for each other (Ephesians 6:18).

13. Sympathize with other believers (Romans 12:15).

14. Focus on caring for one another spiritually by discipling one another (Galatians 6:1-2).

15. Share your faith together (Philippians 1:27).

16. Read Mark Dever’s 9 Marks of a Healthy Church.


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