Doing Church with a Heart to Serve
Most churches have service events of some kind. Some have a few ongoing service opportunities. But what if service was something built into the very DNA of the church? What if, instead of occasionally stopping our regular routine to serve others, serving others WAS our regular routine?
This was the basic question of a book I read recently, Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker. Brandon pointed out that far too often serving others in the church is more about those who are doing the serving than those who are being served. However, the Bible is full of references to serving others. Jesus Christ, himself, said:
…the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
– Matthew 20:28 (ESV)
Jesus Came to Serve Us
Jesus came to serve us, the broken, sinful, rebellious people that we are, even to the point of dying on the cross that we might be forgiven and saved. He didn’t require that do anything for this great blessing. It was simply Jesus acting in grace and compassion, giving us the ultimate gift. Through faith in Jesus we are not only saved, but also brought to life. This new life in Jesus is not like our old life. Through the power of God we, now, can love and serve others. We do not do this to earn anything before God, but rather as a response for what God has already done for us.
How can you serve someone today?
How can you serve in a way that asks nothing from the person you are serving, but simply shows love to them because Jesus loved us and Jesus loves them? I encourage you to look for a way to make serving others a part of your regular life.
Serving with Family of Christ North
At Family of Christ North, we want to make serving others a part of the DNA of the church. Small groups within the church are able to find specific areas of service which they can be passionate about, be it mentoring kids, helping the homeless, visiting the elderly, caring for the sick, or whatever you feel passionate about. These small groups can then engage in their specific type of service on a regular basis.
We’d like to tell you more about it. On Sunday, August 16th, we’ll be having an Mission and Vision meeting at the Meadow Pointe II Clubhouse starting at 6:30pm. I’d like to invite you to come on out to meet some people and learn more about the church. You can find more details about the event on our Facebook event page here. Please go to the event page and click the “join” button.
We look forward to seeing you Sunday, August 16th!!
In Christ’s Service,