FBC E-Blast - June 3, 2019
FBC E-Blast

June 3, 2019

How to Serve the Church - I Corinthians 12

When I talk about serving the church with God-given talents and gifts, people oftentimes think too small. They picture the choir singer or the Sunday school teacher. But if they don't happen to be naturally adept at singing or teaching, they give up.

It's time we stop thinking in terms of a "Sunday only" establishment. The church is not a place or a time; it is a body of believers, each one uniquely gifted by God to guide, help, challenge, and support the rest. In fact, most service to the Lord doesn't take place inside the church building. It happens out in the world, where we do all the things that Scripture commands.

Most believers are not in a position to influence a lot of people. When we act or speak, only those closest to us notice, but a chain reaction ripples outward to affect an entire community. Paul's metaphor of body parts working together harmoniously is a helpful description of how one small action can have a widespread impact. Consider the way tensing your big toe keeps your foot stable and thereby steadies your whole body. In the same way, a gentle rebuke, a listening ear, or a loving deed benefits the church by strengthening one brother or sister, who then supports another...

We are on this earth to serve the kingdom of God and His church. And we do that by ministering to each other in small ways that steady the whole body as we give extra support to one member. In talking about such service, I am challenging you to find a need that God can meet through you.

Current Sermon Series
      Suffering is a part of life. Over the the weeks of this series, we will lay some foundation work on what it means to have a healthy, biblical perspective on suffering and how to respond appropriately as the Lord would have us in the midst of suffering and to do so. We invite you to join us as we look into A Theology of Suffering.

Last Week:
      We are heirs of God along with Christ. One day our trials and suffering will be over, whether on this side of heaven or on the other. Our trials will seem like nothing compared to the splendors of Heaven.
      Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We conclude our series A Theology of Suffering, by looking into Our Response to Trials from James 1.

Upcoming Events

June 8 - Trustee's Meeting at 8 AM

June 9 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

June 19 - Special Speaker Tom Boehm Missionary to Italy at 7 PM.

June 30 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following AM Worship service

July 7 - Special Speaker Eric Shadle Missionary to Ethiopia
             Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

July 17 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM.

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