IDENTIFYING YOUR SERVE
Christians who are serious about serving the Lord know the value of strengthening the congregation. The following basic suggestions will help identify your service to the Body of Chist.
► ASSEMBLE REGULARLY – Whether you feel like assembling or not, you will be blessed and will be a blessing when you are present for worship assembly and Bible Study. Assembling is a spiritual activity in which all can serve. It is impossible to measure the spiritual strength you receive and the encouragement you give to others by being devoted to attend worship assembly and Bible Study.
► ONLY CRITICIZE FAIRLY – When you criticize make sure it is in the Spirit of Christ, you have the correct information and your purpose is to help.
► WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER OR ARE ASKED TO SERVE – Do the best that you can. Remember you are serving the Master and the Lord requires of you only that which you are able to do. BUT BE SURE YOU HAVE A MINISTRY. NEVER REFUSE TO DO THAT WHICH YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO.
► BE SURE THAT YOU COOPERATE with the plans and goals of the congregation. You may not agree with every procedure or method or decision, but unless it violates your conscious, Cooperate.
► WHEN THE PRIVILEGE OF GIVING is extended, give lavishly. Remember that Jesus loved you and gave His all. Giving cheerfully, bountifully and sacrificially will not only result in blessings but cause us to become more like our Heavenly Father.
► USE EVERY OPPORTUNITY POSSIBLE to encourage the work of the Church. Speak positively about the mission of the Church. Pray for the spiritual growth of every member. Work and pray that we exemplify the character of Jesus.
Dr. Taylor A. McKenzie
THE CHURCH – BLESSED BY FELLOWSHIP
The Church is not only the called out—but also, called together- ”And they were continually devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”. (Acts 2:42). That means Christians must experience the blessing of fellowship. Paul writes that we were “called into fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). “Fellowship” implies that Christians experience a commonality—a common Lord to obey, a common life to live, and a common mission to serve.
While fellowship primarily depends upon the Lord for its development and power, it is perpetuated as Christians establish a relationship with other Christians. It follows that Christians can experience the fellowship that the Lord enjoins only as we are willing to experience the challenge of being in the company of other Christians—including those who differ with us.
The Lord’s Church therefore, is not strengthened by “free lance christians”, hermit styled christians”, or “picking and choosing, taking and leaving christians.” Such “christians” fail to enjoy the blessing of fellowship.
If coming together is a beginning and working together is progress, keeping together is an expression of faithfulness. The Church is strengthened by the fellowship of its members.
May God help us to experience the blessing of fellowship.
Dr. Taylor A. McKenzie
March 4, 2018
Being What We Are
No one commands the sun to shine. God allows it to shine of its own accord. No one bids trees to grow and bring forth fruit. That is a natural phenomenon. No one commands that two plus two MUST equal four. They are four.
Similarly, the person who accepts Jesus as Saviour needs no command to produce deeds of love and kindness. Our Lord’s disciples will be active in loving and serving all people especially brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the Apostle Peter’s meaning when he wrote, “Love Christians Everywhere” (1 Peter 2:17). A better translation would be, “Keep on loving Christians everywhere.”
A Christian’s identity is demonstrated by a vital concern for the growth and welfare of a fellow believer. We are told that the pagans during the First Century, were amazed at the love which Christians showed to each other. The Apostle Paul put it this way, “Let us do good unto everybody especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10). When we as members of a Christian congregation manifest a strong love toward fellow believers in Christ we are fulfilling our Lord’s commands and are making progress toward becoming effective proclaimers of Him in our communities.
Let us be aware of the weaknesses of others and become more helpful and tolerant and tender in our love for each other. The oil and wine of the Good Samaritan are more profitable than the criticism and suspicion which condemn. A great need of our time is having more SERMONS IN SHOES—more Christians who are preaching Christianity by their imitation of Christ, more practicing Christians who “Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of good, love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other. (Romans 12:9,10).
Dr. Taylor A. McKenzie