What are your spiritual gifts? How are you using those gifts to build up the Church?
To give an illustration of the importance of using our spiritual gifts, let’s examine Nehemiah 11. In that chapter, we read the lists of the heads of families in Jerusalem (11:3-9); the priests (11:10-14); the Levites (11:15-18); the gatekeepers and temple servants (11:19-21); various officials appointed by the king of Persia (11:22-24); and, the people who lived outside the city (11:25-36).
Each person served in their respective positions for the effective operation of the city and the nation. Those who lived outside of the city had to farm the land to provide food for those in the city. Each person and each group had a different role, but each role was vital to the entire cause.
In the body of Christ, God has gifted us in different ways, but every part is vital for the overall functioning and health of the body, as we read about in 1 Corinthians 12 and elsewhere. We need to value the variety of gifts God has given us!! Each person and each gift is important for the effective ministry of the Church!
Not all are gifted in extending mercy; not all are gifted in evangelism; not all are gifted in administration. God has made us all differently (PRAISE GOD!!) and to make a difference in our community, we need one another to exercise our unique gifts!! So, ministry involves serving in a way in which God has wired us and called us.
The pioneer missionary, William Carey, was a cobbler before he left for the mission field. He would keep a map of India before him in his shop, stopping every so often to study it. He longed to go there and preach the gospel.
He did a lot of preaching and teaching on the side, with the result that his trade dwindled. One day a friend admonished him for neglecting his business. Carey said, “Neglecting my business? . . . My business is to extend the kingdom of God. I only cobble shoes to pay expenses.” I pray that is our mindset!
Friends, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are in ministry NOW!! And, God has placed you where you are to do the work of ministry (in your neighborhood, in the city, in your work place, in your social connections) for such a time as this. And God has gifted you uniquely to make a difference where God has placed you. As with the people Nehemiah addressed, each had their own role within the community. And, you have an important role within the church. Therefore, may we each look for ways to be a blessing to all those for whom we come in contact.
Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, Ephesians: Our Identity and Purpose! His sermon this Sunday is “On the Field,” based upon Ephesians 4:11-13. Please read this text in preparation for worship.
We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. We encourage you to examine yourself before receiving the Sacrament per 1 Corinthians 11:27-32.
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday immediately after worship in the large Sunday school room. Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will study Mark 2: “Who is your authority?” Please bring your Bible!!
It’s time again to form new Salt Shakers groups. Salt Shakers provides an opportunity for us to gather in smaller groups for a meal and fellowship. We meet about once per month. We will change up the groups some this fall, so if you were in a group that maybe didn’t meet that often last time, please sign up again. Email Glen, or sign-up at the Welcome Center on Sundays through July 11th.
Bless Every Home
Let’s ALL participate in blessing every home in our neighborhoods by intentional pray-care-share lifestyles! PLEASE check out the website: www.blesseveryhome.com!
If you have not had your photo taken to update our photo directory, please sign-up this week in the Welcome Center. You would be able to have your photo taken THIS Sunday!!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
May Financial Report
Offerings: Monthly: $35,143.89 YTD: $89,892.88
Expenses: Monthly: $13,604.31 YTD: $73,820.51
We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and building fund. In May received $1,185.00 for the Capital Campaign and $550.00 in restricted giving.
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Christian Imagination and Creative Cultural Engagement Seminar
Join Dr. Ted Turnau, who will explore cultural engagement, and how we can contribute to the cultural conversation all around us! Sunday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church (8312 Brooksville Road in Greenwood, Virginia!
Our Weekly Prayer meeting is held at our church facility each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join with us as we seek the Lord’s face!
Lowell Gross (7/2); Jake Kleinschuster (7/5); Helen Wilson (7/21); Marty Porter & Nina Gross (7/27); Ted Brown & Bill Watkins (7/31)