PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
June 19, 2019
In the Bible, the words service and ministry are used interchangeably. And, all of us as followers of Jesus are called to ministry. Many people say, “I am not called to ministry.” But yes, you are!! If you are called to salvation, you are called to serve. The good news is this, God not only called us to serve, but he said, “Let me show you how to do it.”
The Bible says that God himself took on the form of a bondservant. We read in Philippians 2:5-7, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant.” There are four words in the Greek language for servant, and this is the lowest of the low, the doulos. Jesus became a bondservant and washed feet. And Jesus himself said, “This is what I want you to do with your life.” He said in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Do you know what the number one enemy is of compassionate service, beside self-centeredness? The number one enemy in our culture even for followers of Jesus is busy-ness. We are just too busy. We are going to so many different places we don't have time to serve. I have my agenda, I have my plans, I have my dreams, I have my goals and ambitions. Right? Do you know what the problem is? It’s like we take a do not disturb sign (like we see in a hotel), and we hang it on our heart. And we say, “Please do not disturb!” My goals, my dreams, my life, I am focused on, so please let me be. Don’t knock. Don’t interrupt. Don’t disturb me for the needs of other people.
I make no apology in saying that the most important thing you will ever do with your life is serving God in some form of ministry, because it is far more important than your career or your job. It is far more important than your hobbies. It is even more important than anything else you could think of. Why? Because it is going to last forever. Your service is practice for eternity and you are going to be serving. Jesus said, “You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Friends, service is going to last into eternity. So, let’s all learn to serve and look for ways to serve now!
As we move to our new venue at Kate Collins Middle School on August 18th, we are going to need each one of us to do our part to serve. So, be looking for ways to serve. Let’s ALL get in the game!!
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Black
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Will We Serve?,” based upon Exodus 4:1-31. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided on the Chapel floor during the 9:30am worship service.
Adult Sunday School class - You are invited to come join our adult Bible study class immediately following worship in the chapel on the second floor. We will start our study of the book of Nehemiah this Sunday, June 23rd. We will use the book “Nehemiah,” part of the wisdom commentary series written by Dr. Stephen Davey, to help us explore this beautiful story of God providing leadership for His people, especially in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and calling them back into relationship with Him. Come join us.
Salt Shakers - It is time again to sign up to participate in Salt Shakers! Salt Shakers is on opportunity for you to get to know others at Hope Community Church in an informal setting. About 3-4 times over a 6-month period, groups of about 6-10 will gather usually in homes for a meal just to fellowship with each other. Currently, there are about 50 people involved. Come join the fun! Current group organizers, please contact your group members to confirm they still want to participate. If you are not currently in a group, sign up by July 15thto be included in the next group. Next groups will be August 2019 – January 2020.
Baby Shower - Boy, oh boy!! Come as we celebrate with Julie Woosley who is due later this summer. She is registered at Target, and would also appreciate children's books. Also, we will be accepting donations for a group gift toward a crib.
Hosted by: Jennifer Lucas, Cheryl Reynolds, Kim Holman, & Kristen Holman
Date: Thursday, July 18th, 7:00 PM
Location: 152 Boyington Blvd
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking to fill a part-time, paid position:Youth Ministries Intern. Those interested should contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a resume.