Every Christian Is a Minister BY RICK WARREN
“God … has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others” (Ephesians 2:10 TLB).
God did not put you on Earth just to live for yourself. He wants you to make the world a better place!
Every time I hear somebody say, “I live for the weekends,” I want to say, “Then why should God keep you alive?” If you’re not fulfilling your purpose, you’re missing the whole point of life.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “God … has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others” (TLB).
There’s a word for this: ministry. Every Christian is a minister. Not every Christian is a pastor, but every Christian is to be a minister. That means you use your talents and gifts to make a contribution in life, to be a giver, not a taker.
The Bible says 58 times, “Love one another. Care for one another. Pray for one another. Encourage one another. Help one another. Counsel one another. Support one another” and on and on. It is the mutual ministry of every believer in the family of God to every other believer in the family of God. That’s the way God meant for it to be.
The truth is, serving God by serving others is not always easy. Sometimes you’re going to get discouraged. So what do you do when you start to get discouraged? You remember two things.
First, you remember that you’re going to receive a reward that’s going to go on for eternity. The Bible says that God “will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers” (Hebrews 6:10b NLT, second edition). You’re going to be rewarded in eternity.
The second thing to remember is that God uses every little thing. Nothing is insignificant when you serve God. None of it is in vain. “Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58 TEV).
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Matthew 20:29 – 21:27
Asia Missionary Report
Wednesday, October 25th
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Come in costume and join us for a night of games, trunk or treat, face painting, bounce houses and the Grapevine Food Truck.
If you can help with Fall Festival in the following ways, please let Heather Larsen know:
- Donate baked goods
- Trunks are needed for “trunk or treating”
- Donate candy
- Volunteer time
- Help with set-up
- Help with clean-up
Register online for the Missions Banquet. Dinner will be an international meal with a taco bar, sweet and sour chicken, beef and broccoli, rice, potato and cheese pierogis, polish sausage. A kid friendly meal of hotdogs and chips will be available.
Volunteers Needed for
- Kitchen prep work the week of the banquet
- Cooking, Prepping and Set up morning of banquet
- Preparers 2 to 2.5 hrs. before banquet
- Clean Up Crew
Contact Ethel Carter:
(H) 804.379.8918 (C) 804.363.5457
If you have been worshiping with us, and you would like to learn more about our church, or if you think you might be interested in becoming a member, we invite you to attend our upcoming new member class, Sunday, October 22 after the morning worship service.
Lunch is provided so please reserve a spot by registering online.
Virginia Capitol Cookout & Pre-Election Capitol Square Prayer Walk
800 East Broad Street, Richmond
5:00 – 7:45 PM
To register call JoAnne at 804.222.3686
Would you enjoy welcoming visitors, greeting members, and distributing bulletins on a Sunday morning? Contact Eric Key at 586.873.3406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 22 –Charles Haines Final Report, Reception & Offering, PM
Oct. 25 –Churchwide Fall Festival
Oct. 28-29 –Missions Conference
Nov. 11 –Pizza & Picasso (Women’s Ministry)
Nov. 18 – *Labor of Love (note new date)