study serve

A few weeks ago, I met with our church’s student and adult Connect Group leaders. I really enjoy the monthly training times we have throughout each semester and feel like I learn from them as much as I attempt to teach them. By the way, if you haven’t done so lately, I encourage you to take a moment to say thank you to person or people who lead your group. Their service to our church is huge! This semester during our training times, we are walking through our church’s mission statement and unpacking each aspect of it. Do you remember what it calls members of Woolsey Baptist Church to do?

Woolsey Baptist Church exists to follow Jesus as we worship God, connect with others, serve the church and go make disciples.

When we met a few weeks ago, we discussed the “serve the church” aspect of this statement. I asked everyone to consider: how does serving the church help you grow spiritually? Consider some of these answers below:

  • Serving holds me accountable to grow—When we serve, people depend on us to be prepared!
  • Serving builds my faith and prayer life—When the Lord asked Moses to serve His people, he prayed, “‘…Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ [God] said, ‘But I will be with you…’” (Exodus 3:11-12).
  • Serving creates opportunities for stirring up one another to love and good deeds—Hebrews 9:24-25 exhorts, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
  • Serving allows me to see God’s hand in a unique way—Remember John’s parenthetical note about the servants in his Gospel? “(though the servants who had drawn the water knew)” (John 2:9)?
  • Serving exercise my spiritual gifts—1 Peter 4:10 admonishes, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
  • Serving provides a steppingstone for spiritual growth

So, are you serving the church? If you belong to this church, you not only have a responsibility to serve but, more importantly, an opportunity to grow spiritually through serving.

If you are looking for an area of service but are not sure where to begin, please contact me at [email protected] or talk with me this coming Sunday! I’d love to help connect your gifts and passions with an area of opportunity at our church!

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