From the Pastor
Pastor Mike Burns
903.567.2072 (Ext. 3002)
Why Should We Serve the Church?
1. We are called to contribute just as often as
we consume. As soon as you accept Jesus as your Savior, your call is to inject
the life blood of Jesus into the lives of others, not to become a parasite that
drains the life out of the Body of Christ!
2. Because selfless acts defeat stereotypes of
the church. Jesus wants us to be known for our love (John 13:35), not by our
greed, selfishness, or hate. Plenty of people out there are painting
unfortunate pictures of the church by their ungodly judgment of others. Let’s
defeat those stereotypes and follow Jesus’ example of service.
3. Statistics show that 4 out of every 4 people
are selfish. Okay, so that’s not an entirely scientific study, but you get the
idea. Jesus was consumed with pleasing his heavenly Father, not himself. He did
this by serving others, not himself. If you claim to be a follower of Christ,
you cannot do so if you are only serving yourself.
4. Service is a physical expression of the
humility we experience when we realize Jesus’ work on the Cross. “For our sake
he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the
righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, ESV)
church is the Bride of Christ. It makes no sense that one would say that he/she
loves God and is not involved in any type of service to the Church – the Bride
of Christ (Ephesians 5:22-27). Would you actually consider telling God, “Hey, I love you, but I have no interest in
the well-being of your wife.”
Through the practice of servanthood-as-worship in local
churches, believers and the lost alike come to more clearly taste and see God's
provision and love. As chairs are
arranged, children watched, books sold, instruments played, local outreaches
conducted, prayers prayed, and Bible studies taught, a great testimony of
praise is offered up to God and Jesus is glorified…revealed to the world. (John
Next time…reasons 6 through 10.
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Published on Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 10:24 AM CDT