As we have been celebrating Glasgow Baptist Church’s bicentennial, I have found myself looking through different things from the church’s history. One thing I have enjoyed reading has been some of the old newsletters. In fact, the church has bound books from different years until 1978 of the newsletters.
In the November 15, 1931 newsletter there was an article entitled, How To Help Build Up Your Church. Here is what it said…
1. Be in your place unless prevented by some reason which you can conscientiously give to your Lord and Master.
2. Pray for your pastor and the congregation before you come to church. Don’t fail in this.
3. Pray as you are seated in the church.
4. Never engage in any conversation or act after entering the church which will tend to divert your thoughts, or the thoughts of others, from worship.
5. During the period of meditation, thank God for our Sunday school and Bible class and pray God’s blessing upon our officers, teachers, and pupils.
6. Never carry what you think to be the faults of any of our members away from the church. If tempted to do so, look about you and see some beautiful soul whose life is a benediction to you.
7. During this week, call upon at least one person with an invitation to attend our services.
8. Pray for the pastor every day. He has a heavy responsibility and wishes to be of service to all. He wants the Kingdom to come in our city and into the hearts of the people.
9. Bring your envelope every Sunday morning. “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no collection when I come.” 1 Cor. 16:2
As I read this small article, I couldn’t help but think how these words are still good for us to hear some eighty-seven years later. The question is will you work to build the church?