Our Service

Our challenge is clear: [1] find out what people can do, and [2] turn these abilities into production for the kingdom. Our goal for the church should be to see every member involved; the challenge is to serve.

Part of the challenge has to do with our focus. Jesus says, as His disciples, “whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28). The analogy is stunning and humbling. To compare our service to Christ’s has overwhelming implications.

We must know, understand, and direct ourselves unswervingly to our purpose. As Christians we are supposed to be reaching out to a lost and dying world (Luke 19:10). We are constantly involved in building up the church through purity maintenance and burden bearing (Matthew 5:8; Luke 14:27). And, when we see someone in need, we give graciously, cheerfully, and liberally (Luke 6:30). This is a picture of Jesus’ life on earth where “who went about doing good” (Acts 10:38).

We must work in unity. Jesus and the Father worked as one (John 10:30). We must coordinate our efforts so that we don’t work against each other, work toward separate goals, or duplicate our work. The New Testament church worked under elders (Titus 1:5). Members, and specifically deacons assigned to specific tasks, were answerable to and under guidance of these elders (Acts 6:1ff). Each has their unique task (1 Corinthians 12:12-26).

Finally, 100% membership involvement means we must do more than talk a good line; it means we must do something. We cannot sit back in our pharisaic robes, pontificate about a dying church, and proffer up absurd alternatives, the bulk of which we have no intention of serving in ourselves. We must commit to discovering our abilities, actively pursue a game plan and coordinating through the elders with the body of Christ to make it happen, and then… serve.

JDS