Leadership Service

THE PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

We approach God’s Word and pray that the Holy Spirit, will open our hearts and minds as we  pray...

God our helper, by your Holy Spirit, open our minds, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may be led into your truth and taught your will. We do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.

FIRST SCRIPTURE   Colossians 1:24-29      Paul’s Interest in the Colossians

I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me.

TIME WITH GOD’S CHILDREN#494          “Step by Step”

 

THE SERMON            “Leadership Service”      

Last week, we looked at the role of Church leadership. Our Nominating Committee met and identified men and women to serve as elected officers of the church. If you receive a call from the committee, please prayerfully consider God’s call to be a leader and offer your service to Christ in this way. If you don’t receive a call, please pray that those who do will respond affirmatively to God’s call.

Now that does not mean that if you don’t receive a call that you are off the hook from serving in the church. Christ calls all Christians into service. That is our primary response to Christ’s claim on our life. When we accept Jesus as Savior from our sin, we pledge to be a faithful member of the congregation serving our Lord by helping our neighbor.

As I’ve read the accounts of Civil War battles, I’m amazed at the intricate maneuvers that the foot soldiers needed to master for the company to have success. Each person needed to accomplish their role efficiently and effectively. If even one person failed, the enemy would exploit the weak link and move into the gap. Each division needed to accomplish their task for the overall success of the battle. If one regiment moved forward and another fell back, a retreat soon became the marching orders.

The Christians in Colossae received encouragement from the Apostle Paul, who explained his marching orders. As a servant of Christ, he received a commission to serve. Christ commissioned the Apostle to live in Christ and share the mystery of faith to all people. Jesus revealed this mystery by the power of the Holy Spirit to the saints, those who trusted God for eternal life. God chose to make the truth known to both Jews and Gentiles. This precious gift of peace and love entered into our hearts.

Jesus calls the believers of every time and place continue to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel message to all who will listen. God calls us to spend time and energy teaching the stories of God’s activity. The Holy Spirit continues to empower believers in the tasks of mission and ministry.  Our Christian ancestors call us to toil and struggle with this commission with all energy and spiritual power until we see the Kingdom’s completion or until we rest eternally with our Lord.

Jesus explained the work of the church as a body moving together with a common goal. Each person in the church serves a purpose for the corporate good. We each receive an assigned task to serve our Lord.

  • Some members will bring ideas that will help ignite new life and invite others to become part of Christ’s community.
  • Other members serve as ears who listen intently to the cares and concerns of friends and neighbors demonstrate Christ’s compassion. 
  • The prayerful kneel down in prayer; lifting those concerns to the throne of grace.
  • The hands reach out and perform manual labor in the name of our Lord.
  • The feet walk the extra mile to new people and places.

 

When one part of the body does not serve it hampers the work of the entire body. A person who limps with a sore knee puts undue stress on the hips. An member not serving, drags others down, exhausts leaders, and frustrates the Lord.

Jesus calls us to serve. We respond to God’s grace by discover our purpose in the body. While, I encourage times of rest for aching joints; sore muscles get rejuvenated with not working one day a week. Our sabbaticals come to an end and we return to service. When we lean on Jesus, we will realize a renewal as Christ works through us.  Those elected as church officers, need members to serve as workers for the Lord. TGBTG Amen.

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