1) A Misunderstanding Corrected a) Preaching is a God-ordained part of the corporate life of the church - 2 Tim. 3:16-4:2 b) But the Bible makes clear that preaching is not enough. i) Eph. 4:11-12 - All members are ministers. ii) 1 Cor. 12:7 - The Holy Spirit ministers to the body through each member. iii) 1 Cor. 12:15,22 - The ministry of each member is indispensable. iv) Heb. 3:12-13 & 10:24-25 - Each member is commanded to edify other members. v) Eph. 4:16 - The whole body causes the growth of the body.
2) The Means Provided a) Our Example - Rom. 14:14-21 b) Our Speech - Eph. 4:29 c) Our Gifts - 1 Cor. 14:12 d) Our Love - 1 Cor. 8:1 e) Our Prayer - Col. 4:12 f) God's Word - Acts 20:23