Worship Jesus and serve others

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Fully Alive”
Our Bible verse for today: “Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Worship Jesus and serve others”
People often remark that there seems to be something special and unique about our church. There’s a spirit of joy and fellowship that’s above average. One Sunday morning during our time of greeting and fellowship in the worship service one visitor looked around and said, “This is such a happy church!” We get that a lot.
A big part of the reason that’s true is because Oak Hill Baptist is a service-oriented church. First and foremost, we take good care of each other. Christians should take care of Christians and so we’re intentional about looking for ways to be a blessing to each other. Second, we’re an Acts 1:8 church. We are actively and intentionally on-mission with Jesus outside the walls of our church building. We have ministry partners and mission projects in our county, state, country, and world. There’s never a time when we’re not in the process of preparing for the next mission project.
Third, we encourage every person in the church to find at least one way to serve within the church. Then each year, at the beginning of the new church year (in September), we ask everyone to commit to serving in some ministry within the church for one year. We even provide a long list of ways each person can serve and we ask them select one or two they would like to help with (most people choose more than just one or two).
All of that emphasis on serving others helps to keep our focus where Jesus wants it to be, on Him and on others. We worship Him and we serve others. As long as we’re doing that, then our focus is not on ourselves and it’s not on small petty things that church members sometimes argue and even fight about. When people are focused on Jesus and others, there’s not much room left for selfishness or pettiness. The end result? Peace, love, unity, harmony. And joy (This is such a happy church!)
What I’ve just described is an important aspect of healthy church life, and so I have more I would like to say about it. We’ll get to that tomorrow. For now, know that you individually and your church as a group will be most fully alive when your focus is on worshiping Jesus and serving others.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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