Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Pick Up the Baton
Don't Drop it - - Do your Part
Pastor Allan was preaching
and from my notes I present his edited message.
We are in a season of
preparation.Each one of us is being
encouraged to stand in the role and ministry gift you have been given.No longer can any of us sit on the sidelines,
but we must all be involved in the work of the ministry.Everyone has a part to play and it is time
occupy your place in the body of Christ.
Allow God to change your
Theology; realizing serving Christ is not about “rules,” regulations and programs, but
finding your place.Serving Christ with
our hands and feet is worship.
Each of us is different, and
the work of the ministry will also be different for each person.Some are called to be greeters, or cheer
leaders, while others will be teachers, and intercessors.
God also needs encouragers, and people
willing to visit the sick and use the phone to encourage those missing.Some will be able to clean, and help set up
chairs and tables.Others will pray for
those at the altar.When you see a need,
are you willing to step up and fill it?How about volunteering to enroll in the door to door visitation?
God is calling us to be
active.God qualifies you by the blood
of Jesus, to pick up the baton and enter the race.
Many are watching our walk
and our talk; and we must be the examples for the next generation.
Jesus gave his disciples
authority to share the gospel and to heal the sick. He said it is harvest
time.We have been praying for our city,
and here in our city it is harvest time.
Luke 10:1-2 After
this the Lord appointed seventy-twoothers
and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was
about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the
workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers
into his harvest field.
Pray for laborers to work in
the harvest.Realize there is fruit in
the garden and also fruit in the orchard. (Needs here in our local body, and
needs in our neighborhoods.)
Let us be strong and
understand on Sunday we are lifted up and encouraged, but during the week, some
of us fall into the cracks.Workers get
tired and discouraged, and desire for others to step up and help.There is a time to work and a time to rest.
All of us can use more study
in God’s Word.We need to set up
programs so we can all grow and also enjoy fellowship.May I encourage each of you to come to the
special meetings being set up for men, as well as the ladies’ meetings?Let us work together side by side.
Nehemiah had a wall that
needed to be built.Everyone had a
job.Some were workers, and others
encouraged, while some stood guard and watched for the enemy.
Be willing to have a
teachable spirit and to learn to do new types of ministry.Learn how to live, how to be led by the Holy
Spirit, but keep moving and keep gaining knowledge of our God.
Identify what your purpose is
and step in to fill that place.Ask what
can I do for the church? Not what can the church do for me?Some things that seem small are really
big.A smile goes a long way.A pat on the back encourages a friend.Be willing to pray with those who come
forward.Love as Jesus loved, and by
example - - show others the way.
Watch for opportunities and
recognize open doors to walk through.Be
consistent to do your part and stay connected to the body of Christ.
Get ready for this New Year,
for there will be many new opportunities to serve Jesus.