Here’s a word-picture for you…
This new ipod / iphone speaker is called “The Edifier Luna5”. Here’s what I’m thinking. As big as this speaker is (in fact, Jan saw the picture and says, “Don’t you dare buy that ‘Darth Vader’ lookin’ thing!”) without the smaller device plugged in (ipod or iphone) that contains the content to be magnified, it’s just a big, useless “Darth Vader lookin’ thing” speaker.
The body of Christ should be compelled by Scripture to edify (that is, build up) one another in love with the Scriptures. Without the simple, powerful Word of God plugged into our lives, we’re just big mouths with nothing of benefit to say. At best we utter static, or at worst we pick up on other “signals” and just are negative.
According to Paul, the Gospel is what edifies the church the most…
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
Make sure the Gospel is plugged into your life and then encourage one another with it. Be an Edifier!