When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. ~ Romans 12:13 NLT.
We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. ~ Romans 15:2 NLT.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT.
But you must help us too by praying for us. For much thanks and praise will go to God from you who see his wonderful answers to your prayers for our safety! ~ 2 Corinthians 1:11 TLB.
If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. ~ Galatians 6:3 NLT.
Christ has put each part of the church in its right place. Each part helps other parts. This is what is needed to keep the whole body together. In this way, the whole body grows strong in love. ~ Ephesians 4:16 NLV.
Ellen G. White
"The youth should have a chance to give expression to their feelings. It would be well to have a judicious leader chosen at first, one who will talk little and encourage a great deal, by dropping a word now and then to help and strengthen the youth in the beginning of their religious experiences. After they have had a little experience, let one of their number take the leadership, and then another, and in this way let workers be educated that will meet the approval of God." ~ Counsels on Sabbath School Work, p. 69
"As followers of Christ we should make our words such as to be a help and an encouragement to one another in the Christian life. Far more than we do, we need to speak of the precious chapters in our experience." ~ Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 338.
"Christ came to this world to reveal the love of God. His followers are to continue the work which He began. Let us strive to help and strengthen one another. Seeking the good of others is the way in which true happiness can be found. Man does not work against his own interest by loving God and his fellow men. The more unselfish his spirit, the happier he is, because he is fulfilling God’s purpose for him. The breath of God is breathed through him, filling him with gladness. To him life is a sacred trust, precious in his sight because given by God to be spent in ministering to others." ~ The Review and Herald, June 25, 1908.
"We have loved and petted ourselves, and excused ourselves in waywardness; but we have been unmerciful toward our brethren, who may not be as faulty as ourselves. The Lord loves us, and bears with us, even when we are ungrateful to him, forgetful of his mercies, wickedly unbelieving; but consider, brethren, how relentless we are to one another, how pitiless; how we hurt and wound one another, when we should love as Christ has loved us. Let us make a complete change. Let us cultivate the precious plant of love, and delight to help one another. We must be kind, forbearing, patient with one another’s errors; we must keep our sharp criticisms for ourselves, but hope all things, believe all things, of our brethren." ~ Gospel Workers 1892, p. 429.
- Rainer, Thom S. and Rainer, Sam S. III. (2008). Essential Church: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts. Nashville TN: B & H Publishing.
- “The more adult leaders who are investing in a teens’s life, the more likely that teen is to stay in church. The more adults who are involved in a teen’s life, the lower the dropout rate.” (p. 124).
- Benz, Jonathan and Robb-Dover, Kristina. (2016). The Recovery-Minded Church. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
- If the story of the prodigal son is ultimately a story about a prodigal God who lavishly forgives detours and wrong turns —a God for whom “recovery” isn’t just about getting clean but about finding wholeness, restored relationships and the joy of being truly alive—then churches seeking to know and love this prodigal God need to love and learn from people with addiction and to be part of the beautiful work of restoration that God is doing through faith-based recovery. (p. 13-14).