All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
Thoughts for Today:I think it is interesting to look at how early church believers used various ways to express and describe their worship of the Lord. For example:
Praise: "In order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory." (Ephesians 1:12)
Blessing: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." (Ephesians 1:3)
Psalms, hymns, and songs: "Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:19)
Giving: "But since you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you --see that you also excel in this grace of giving." (2 Corinthians 8:7)
Thanksgiving: "Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God." (Romans 14:6)
Boasting and rejoicing: "So that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me." (Philippians 1:26)
Giving glory to God: "And every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:1)
In our passage today, Paul uses the Greek word OIKODOME (translated as "strengthening" or "edifying") to describe how it is each believer's responsibility to conduct themselves in a way that will strengthen the church as a whole. Each of the foregoing is a positive example of how we can do so.
Questions to Ponder:When you attend church, are you strengthening the church? How can you do so? By the way we worship together. How does this change your perspective regarding worship services?