Our Code of Conduct: How we are expected to interact with each other as the body of Christ here? What do we value, and how do we operate?
Love each other.
The world will beat you down all week, so when we get here, we hug, compliment, encourage, and lift each other up. John 13:35—They will know that you are mine by the way you love each other.
According to 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, we should be patient, kind, not easily angered/offended, not boastful, not prideful, not envious, not self-seeking, not keeping a record of wrongs, not giving up, not losing faith, but we should trust, hope, and endure.
Disarm each other. People are broken, hurting, and in need of a savior. That brings attitudes, drama, and more. Hurt people hurt people. Look through it like Jesus does: see the hurting person and love! Minister to one another instead of being easily offended.
Do NOT gossip or flee when you’re offended.
Handle conflict and offense biblically, because it WILL happen!
Read Matthew 18:15-17
15 If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back.
16 But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses.
17 If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.
Read 1 Peter 4:8-11. Use the gifts you’ve received to serve each other.
We are here to GIVE, not just to gain. We are all team members, active on the field, playing our part, not just sitting on the bench wearing Christ’s jersey, letting others do all the work.
Read Mark 10:45. Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and He is GOD!
Read John 13:12-15. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet as an example of how we should serve each other.
Pray for and honor those in leadership.
1 Timothy 2:1—I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
1 Corinthians 14:40—Let all things be done decently and in order.
As the body of Christ, we must operate under the order that God has ordained in order to fulfill His purpose. Sometimes we don’t like it, but the way of God’s kingdom is to submit ourselves to authority, not rebel against it. When everyone does their own thing, chaos is the result.
Romans 13:1-2— 1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.
In short, we are honoring God as we honor authority here on Earth. The way of the kingdom of God is very different from the world we live in, but it leads to many blessings.