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Serving – Part 3

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul compares the church to a body. Both have many “members” which all have different functions, but which are all indispensable to the proper functioning of the body. We all know what happens when one part of our physical body doesn’t work properly due to illness or injury, or even due to a lack of use. But have you ever stopped to think about how the same thing occurs within the church?
 
 
It’s easy for us to think that the local church really doesn’t need me and that it can get along just fine without me. But just because someone does not have a visible position in the local church does not mean that the church doesn’t need him or her. That would be like our bodies trying to operate without a heart or veins and arteries or our lungs. We can’t see any of those organs but they are all critical to the health of the body.
 
The same is true in the church. Those who work behind the scenes to minister to our children in Children’s Church or the nursery or who clean up after our refreshment time on Sunday mornings or those who pray for our church or those who encourage others are just as vital to the health of our church as the more visible roles like the pastor or Elders or the Worship Team.
 
So the key is to find out what role God has given to you and then to make sure you do it the very best you can. And if you’d like some help figuring that out, just let me or any of our Elders know – we’re here to help!

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Serving – Part 2

One of the huge common misconceptions in the church is that the church staff is paid to do all the ministry. This idea flows out of another common misconception – the distinction between “clergy” and “laity” – two terms that are not found anywhere in the Bible. Even that concept is foreign to the Scriptures.
 
 
There are a number of passages that indicate that every Christian is to “do ministry” and we’ll be looking at several of them over the next couple of weeks. Let’s begin today with this fundamental passage:
 

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 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 4:11-16 ESV)

 
Jesus does gift His church with certain individuals who He has gifted to lead within the church. But their primary role is not to do all the ministry, but rather to equip every member to do the “work of ministry”. So, as we often say “
Every member is a minister
.” Several years ago to drive that point home, we put up a sign in front of every parking spot at the church that said “Minister Parking Only”. Boy, did that cause a lot of confusion. But hopefully it reinforced the idea that everyone is responsible for the ministry of the church.
 
What are you doing to be equipped to minister? How are you putting your gifts and talents to work for the benefit of the Kingdom? We have a great group of Elders who are here to help you. Just let us know how we can help.

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Serving – Part 1

This next series of blog posts is going to focus on
serving within the church. So far this year I’ve focused a lot on personal spiritual growth in these blog posts – covering topics like Bible reading and prayer. Obviously personal spiritual growth is important, but it is not an end in itself. We are to grow not just for our own good, but so that we can serve others.
 
That is why in the New Testament, Paul often describes the church as a body which consists of various parts that are all to work together for the good of the body.
 

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.(Romans 12:4-5 ESV) To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.(1 Corinthians 12:7 ESV)

 
That is why “Serve” is included as one of the “next steps” on our Discipleship Path:
 
 
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some ideas about how you can take the next step to serve others in the name of Jesus. But for today, what I hope you’ll take away is the idea that my spiritual growth is not just for my own personal benefit, but that it also equips me to serve others in Jesus’ name.

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