In Ephesians 4 the Bible gives a wonderful description of how God intends for His church to function: 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:15-16 (ESV)
As each member in the body of Christ functions as he or she has been gifted and applies these gifts to the opportunities for ministry God lays before us, the body of Christ is built up. I am constantly reminded of how this works here at Valley. Regularly, I hear from people in the church who tell me about the ministry they receive from others in the body.
This can be a word of encouragement, a meal taken to a family, a home or car repair, a listening ear, a timely word of instruction and the list could go on and on.