Thursday, April 16, 2015

step of faith


This Sunday we will continue our series BUILT GOD TOUGH, and we will also celebrate baptism.  It really is an exciting time to be part of The Community Fellowship.  I challenge our church family each week to dream and to pray.  God has more in store for us and for our community.

Another important aspect of our church life is the outreach ministry.  Last Saturday we were able to serve over 400 people with food and clothes.  But we believe that God is positioning us in a place to serve even more people.  The back2school outreach for 2015 is being planned and a few other churches have already signed on to be a part.  Pray that more churches will join in.

It takes big steps to minister to those who cannot give anything in return, but isn’t that what God called us to do.  Far too often churches target or focus more on people that can pay well and look good.  That isn’t the group of people that we seek to serve, and that is a tough step.

Pastor Matthew Barnett said, “serve the people that no body wants and you will get the people every body wants.”  We have found that to be true, and it is our desire to keep on serving, keep on sharing and to keep on loving or literally demonstrating the love of God to our community by meeting needs and sharing Jesus.

A few weeks from now is Mother’s Day and our annual “free car care clinic” that will change the oil of many moms.  We will also be able to offer massages as well as manicures and pedicures.  It is a great time to serve, and we ask you to join in and be part of this great outreach.  Again, this might be a big step for you.

What are some of the biggest faith steps you’ve ever taken in your life?  It could be a move to a new place, a new job, volunteering in a new ministry or one of all kinds of things.  Faith challenges us to take steps forward and maybe leaps of faith.

As God gets a hold in our lives, we change.  The steps we take are used by God and show we have faith.  

Because of this, make every effort to add integrity to your faith; and to integrity add knowledge; to knowledge add self-control; to self-control add endurance; to endurance add godliness; to godliness add Christian affection; and to Christian affection add love. If you have these qualities and they are increasing, it demonstrates that your knowledge about our Lord Jesus Christ is living and productive.

“Make every effortmeans there is step you can take or something you have to do.  Stepping forward demonstrates you love Jesus and are ready to live by faith.  I challenge you to do what others have done and take steps of faith.

Are we willing to take steps?  It isn’t cheap.  There is a price to be paid.  Some things that we have to do make or steps we must take stretch us.   Our obedience proves we follow Him.  

God's work in and through us makes us more like Jesus.  It is time to take some steps!

NOTE: if you would like to be baptized this Sunday or be part of our Mather’s Day outreach, call the church at 276-647-8231 or email mharrison@thecommunityfellowship.org.

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