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Sluggard No More

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During this past week’s episode, we wandered into sluggard territory. And when I say that I wandered into that territory, I mean that I used my frequent flyer points and checked into my usual room. 

Battling laziness and an unproductive lifestyle can be a real challenge. Especially if you are similar to me and you LOVE serving yourself. You love serving yourself so much, in fact, that you don’t even want to make yourself serve yourself (Prov. 26:15) 

Now before we go any further, if you find yourself physically unable to function in daily life, seek out some help. You very well may be experiencing depressive symptoms and could benefit from biblical counseling or other solutions provided by a medical doctor. I’ve been there. Betsy’s been there. It’s alright to get help. It’s not alright to suffer under the guilt of a malfunctioning body.  

Now back to Sluggardville.

Why is it in this day and age, where we have modern conveniences out the wazoo, we still find it difficult to get the most simple tasks completed – or even started! What’s the major malfunction??

Well, a helpful resource Do More Better by Tim Challies, has brought to my attention the real issue is not just a motivational one, but a theological one. When we have a misconstrued idea of who God is, what He has done, and how we are to respond, we can adopt or continue to live out the soul of the sluggard. We see in the beginning God modeling how He works – He created all things, they were good, and then at the end of His creating – He rested. Now before the fall, we were called to be fruitful and multiply and to subdue the earth. However, thanks to man’s sinful actions, against a holy God, our spiritual and physical realities were doomed to death. Not only that, we still are required to fulfill this command of working – but it is going to be exhausting and produce little fruit!

In the beginning of Ecclesiastes we read how our labor is futile. We work to only do it all over again. And we work for what perishes. We toil and toil, yet all we have to show for it is constant toiling. 

Agh! WHY! (says every person who does the same thing day in and day out with little to no visible fruits of their labor)

But, enter Christ. God in flesh. The God incarnate. Fully man and fully God. He took on flesh, worked daily for the Lord, perfectly loving God and loving neighbor, and completed the work for us. We no longer have to strive to not be dead. Our biggest problem – solved. In Christ, we don’t get the wages of our sin. Instead we get the free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).

So, what does this mean for our working? How is this supposed to help me not be a lazy bum all the time? Well folks, because Christ finished the work that we couldn’t do, upon adoption as Sons we get the Holy Spirit. Through this incredible gift, we are equipped to do every good work. That’s right, we were saved so we could do good works! Because doing good works brings glory to God and our purpose is to glorify God! These good works express our love for God and love for others. 

Not only that, we know that our work is not futile. Even if it seems futile (I see you toddler mom’s out there), we are working for Heavenly rewards. No longer are you working for the perishable, but when you do good works, you get to glorify God and love others; and by consequence, store up riches in heaven. These riches are even greater than any perishable wealth we gain here, because they are God fulfilling our every desire in Himself (Psalm 16:11). WIth every good work we do here, we are making the character of God known to others as well as experiencing conformity to Christ ourselves. The longing we will increasingly experience as we know and love Him to greater degrees while on Earth, will be satisfied when we are with Him in Heaven.

So what constitutes a good work? Well in James we read that faith and good works are inseparable. Good works are evidence of our saving faith. We cannot be merely hearers of the word and not doers. And these tasks, we should put ourselves to do, are works that the Lord is concerned with. In the world there are many things considered “good works” that are in fact in opposition to what God has commanded us to do. However, we know that the law can be summarized in loving God and loving neighbor. We read in Galatians that “in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love” (5:6) and that we were called to freedom, but “not to use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”” (5:13-14).

Works of the flesh (that we are not to do) are :sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealously, fits of anger, rivalries, disensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like those” (Gal. 5:19-20). But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5:22-23). We are to be imitators of God, walking in love, “as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5: 1-2). Therefore, we shouldn’t be focused on good works that benefit ourselves (immediate satisfaction, or for self-centered ambition), instead we should be laying down our lives, our wants, our goals, our comfort to display the works of the Spirit – the fruit of the Spirit. 

We should be working as Christ did, laying our life down for the brethren. That means, anything you do, you are placing the needs of others ahead of your own. You live to make others successful, to display Christ to them, to empty yourself in order to fill others with the love you’ve been shown in the Gospel. Any work that fulfills the need of someone else, is a good work. Any work that requires self-sacrifice to the betterment of others, is a good work. When you are patient with your fussy child, you are doing a good work. When you do anything that relieves a burden off of someone else, you are doing a good work. When you imitate Christ throughout your day, displaying the fruit of the Spirit, you are doing a good work. Doing good works isn’t some extravagant show, most of the time, it is simply laying down of our own life for another. It doesn’t always come in the form of “look at this great achievement from my good works”. It is humble, it is meek, it is contrary the flesh and that is why we need the Holy Spirit to do them. And ultimately our overarching charge is to go and make disciples. Nothing requires more self-sacrifice, or a supernatural ability to love and put others before ourselves at every turn.

Once we have the proper view of what good works are, and how we are able to do them in the first place, we can move on to the practical stuff. This is where I can point you to a couple places that have been of benefit to me. One is Eve in Exile by Rebekah Merkle. It revolutionized the way I think of “woman’s work”. She does a fabulous job of encouraging women to dig in deep to their calling, not settling to just do the bare minimum to get by, but to make your life a testament to the ability of women in the home. Whether that is through cooking, organizing, home-schooling, creating, money management – anything that we are responsible for can be beautified and point to the glory of the Lord. 

Second is Do More Better by Tim Challies. He has done such a fabulous job at laying the foundation of our true problem in fighting laziness and being unproductive. Linked below is his webpage for the book and some of the worksheets he recommends using. 

Christian, I am praying now that you and I would see the field set before us. That we would reap what has been sown and grown by the Lord. That we would lay our lives down, making disciples and loving our brethren to the Glory of God.

In Christ,
Michelle

https://www.challies.com/do-more-better

https://s3.amazonaws.com/domorebetter/Productivity+Lessons+From+a+King.pdf

https://s3.amazonaws.com/domorebetter/Serve+%26+Surprise+Worksheet.pdf

https://s3.amazonaws.com/domorebetter/Productivity+Worksheet.pdf

No Extras Needed

Christian, have you ever wanted more? Have you ever looked at others’ relationship with Christ and thought: 

“Why do they have that type of relationship with you, Lord, and I don’t? Why can’t I experience miraculous things in my life? Why can’t I hear God’s voice? Why doesn’t God relate intimately with me, like this other person? Am I not doing enough? Is my faith too weak? Am I doing it wrong?” 

Maybe someone even came up to you, while you were content in your relationship with Christ, and suggested that you should want more – that there’s more to be had, that you could experience God in a way that is supernatural and beyond your wildest expectations. 

I’m here to tell you, Christian, to stand firm.

Stand firm in the Word. The Word of the LORD. The creator, sustainer, and sovereign Lord of all. The One who spoke everything into existence. The One who always was, is, and always will be. This God, gave you His Word. Not only that, but He preserved His Word over thousands of years. He has used, faithful sons and daughters to translate it into your own language, so you can read and know it yourself. His Word is never failing, always true, more valuable than all the riches in the world, and yet understandable to us. He gave us this precious Word, that houses the way to know Him and the way to salvation. He sovereignly directed every jot and tittle to show us the plan of redemption. In it, He answers our hardest questions and provides the greatest comfort – even the Comforter Himself.

Christian, you want more? You have it all. You have the living Word of God. You want more? Read it. Study it. Know it. Because in it you know Him. In it, you know salvation. 

But what about the miraculous? You want to experience God, “intimately”? Oh dear friend. I’m sorry that you have overlooked such a gift of your Heavenly Father. From before the foundation of the world He foreknew you. He set you apart to be His. He went to the cross and bought you with the highest price. He then indwells you. How much closer could you get? He never leaves you or forsakes you.

A miracle you want? Friend, He made you alive! You were dead. Dead in sin. You didn’t want Him or seek Him out for help – you were dead. But God, in His unspeakable mercy, He made you alive. He gave you life through the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit, because of the work of Christ on our behalf. Not only did He make you alive. He is making you into the image of His son. Every day, little by little, faithfully sanctifying you. He renews you by His Word and by His Spirit. He teaches you, makes you holy, enables you to love God and your brethren. You want more? Christian you have it all. You have it all because you have Christ. No amount of gifts or miraculous workings could He give that would be greater than the giving of Himself.

Am I saying that these are the only ways that God works miracles today? No. Am I saying that God doesn’t display His enormous grace in other spectacular ways? No. However, I am saying that experiencing any other miracle isn’t the point. Furthermore, these things don’t surpass the things we have already experienced or possess as Sons of God. Don’t get it twisted. What Christ purchased for you can’t be earned, can’t be mustered up by trying to increase your faith, but is guaranteed by His obedience, His perfection, His sacrifice, His power. He doesn’t make you earn what he purchased with His very life.

There’s no new levels to reach. No faith that needs unlocking. No dream destiny to be realized. No amount of miracles, riches, safety, health, or knowledge is more valuable. You have the one thing that trumps it all. You have the One who is over all. You have the fullness of God, right now, if you are in Him. Because He is God. And if you abide in Him, He abides in you. No more striving. No more wishing for more. Open your eyes. You have it, because you have Him. 

If you feel that you are missing out, you don’t feel like God is moving in your life – have you sought out other gods in place of Him? Have you neglected the very Word He gave you to know Him? Have you passed on knowing Christ for an experience, a fleeting feeling of passion? If it’s so, and you find yourself without Christ, turn to Him. Cling to Him, and His work alone, for your right standing before God. Forsake the appeal of comfort, euphoria, or possessions and take hold of Christ. If indeed you are in Him, take comfort, brethren – He is with you until the end. And when He comes again, we will see Him and we will be like Him. There will be no more struggling with flesh and sin. There will be completion of all that he has started in you. Cherish His Word. Never move on from the Gospel. Because in it, we have all we could ever need – Himself.

I was brutish and ignorant;

I was like a beast toward you.

Nevertheless, I am continually with you;

you hold my right hand.

You guide me with your counsel,

and afterward you will receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you?

And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:22-26)

Your Best Life Now – Damnation Later

Seven million TV program viewers broadcasted across over 100 nations, 10.5 million weekly podcast downloads, 2.69 million Twitter followers, 7.1 million on Facebook, 55 million in book sales, a 16,000 seat church filled to max capacity(1). These are the statistics on Joel Osteen, alone, from 2015; one of the most prolific prosperity teachers in America. 

What is the prosperity gospel? It is a false gospel that says if you have enough faith, God will grant you health, wealth, and happiness. Often it uses the “name it, claim it” mantras that encourage envisioning your success – claim it in the name of Jesus, and you will receive it. Millions of people, across the globe, have been deceived by this hurtful and damning doctrine. Why is this doctrine deadly? Because it distorts the true Gospel, the Gospel that has the power to save. It emphasizes one’s own happiness and physical/material wellbeing over the wellbeing of their own soul. It says to someone that God can be used as a tool in their lives, instead of us being used by God for His glory. It says that we are basically good and God wants us to just be happy, instead of the truth – we are dead in our sins, bound for hell, and in need of a savior.

Sometimes I think to myself, “People know this already, why am I talking about this? This has been exposed, what’s the point of bringing attention to it- again.” But the numbers don’t lie. There are millions being deceived by just this one ministry, not even mentioning the hundreds of other HUGE ministries that propagate the same thing or a variation of it. 

So what other variations do we see? You can see subtler distortions of the true Gospel amongst equally popular ministries. Maybe they aren’t Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, or Joyce Meyer. Maybe they are young, trendy, and talk about things that a younger generation cares about: fulfilling your potential, reaching your dreams, being true to yourself, becoming a better you, or even how to regularly experience the miraculous. They might allegorize a text instead of simply teaching what the text says. They may preach pseudo profundities that sound appealing at first, but are really just hyped up common sense – or even don’t make any sense upon further inspection. Their messages aren’t centered on the Gospel of Christ, instead the main thrust remains the same – self.

Often times the attributes of God aren’t preached, so we don’t know the true God. The messages are plucked from random scripture passages and contorted to support the topic of the pastor’s choosing; relegating the truth of scripture to a self-help reference guide. The scripture passages that are taught are taught in a way that glorifies man and man’s potential, instead of Jesus and His saving work. They teach us that the Bible is written about us, not about Jesus.

Why does this matter? What is the harm? The harm is the amount of people that believe they will be with God in heaven, who will actually spend an eternity in hell. The harm is those who wander into churches, looking for eternal hope, only to be bridled with burdens on how to make themselves better or how they lack the faith to make their wishes become reality. The harm is the fact that these teachings, ideas, and strategies are quietly seeping into the unsuspecting local church.

So what do we do? How do we protect ourselves, and our brothers and sisters, from these deadly doctrines? I don’t have all the answers, but I do have scripture – which does.

Know the Gospel

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, our Lord (Romans 6:23)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)

The Gospel is this…

We are all naturally, spiritually dead. All of us. We all naturally hate God, our creator, and love our sin. Even in the midst of our love for sin, God sent his Son, Jesus, God in human flesh, to redeem His people. People that he foreknew before the foundations of the world. Jesus lived perfectly in obeying the commands of God, something as lovers of the darkness we could never do and have never done. Jesus was crucified and while on the cross, paid the full penalty of our sins – absorbing the wrath of God earned by us. After giving up His spirit to death, he was buried and raised to life again 3 days later, further proving his deity and his conquering of sin and death. By trusting and believing what Christ has done for us, we have Christ’s righteousness as our own and therefore can enjoy a right relationship with God. Additionally, when the Spirit regenerates His peoples’ hearts, upon hearing the Gospel of Christ, we are raised from death to life and are enabled to cherish and obey his commands – which are summed up in loving God with all your strength, mind and soul and loving your neighbor as yourself. We are preserved as believers and are sanctified by the Holy Spirit until the day we die or Jesus returns.

Read and know your Bible

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart; the commandments of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true, being altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them indeed Your servant is warned; in keeping them is great reward. Who can discern his own errors? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. Keep Your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless and cleansed of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.(Psalm 19:7-14)

You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2Timothy 3:15-17)

Test everything against Scripture

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1John 4:1)

Reject false teaching and false teachers

but test all things. Hold fast to what is good.(1Thessalonians 5:21)

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)

Get involved in a local church that teaches the true Gospel

And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds. Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Make disciples (and teach them how to be discerning)

You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.(2Timothy 2:2)

If you find yourself realizing that you have been a partaker of a false Gospel, repent and believe! The Gospel is an open invitation to all and without it, you are without eternal hope. No matter how good the false teaching sounds, how deep you are involved, or how confused you might feel, you have an opportunity to forsake it and grab hold of Christ. Don’t delay, for our lives are like a mist – here one moment and gone the next, but eternity is forever.

If you need help, email us. We can point you to resources that can aid you in growing in discernment, Bible study, and finding a solid local church. We have a dedicated resource page and you can also find Bible Study tips on this blog post.

We pray that you will believe the Gospel, grow up into maturity in Christ, and point others to Him. Stay on guard, brethren.

In Christ,

Michelle

  1. https://thewordonthewordoffaithinfoblog.com/2015/08/04/pastor-joel-osteen-by-the-numbers-and-statistics/



Knowing Truth: Bible Study Resources

In lieu of a blog post regarding our past week’s podcast – speaking the truth in love – I felt it was necessary to provide some helpful resources to first know what the truth is. If we don’t rightly understand the truth, there is no way we will be capable of speaking truth in love. If we don’t know the truth, our first priority should be understanding the truth that has been revealed to us, before speaking it to others. I’m not saying we must be the most knowledgeable before we can point others to the truth of the Gospel, but we should know the truth and the Gospel well enough to adequately discern what is true and what is false, and to say what the truth actually is. If we know His Word, we can know truth  (John 17:17)

That being said, below I have compiled some resources to help you in your study of God’s word. I pray this will encourage you and provide you with tools to dig deeper into God’s word to know Him and the salvation He has purchased for His people. 

Personally, I found combining these two methods to be really helpful, allowing you to get your feet wet in all of scripture and also becoming more intimately acquainted with passages or a couple verses.

Study Methods

Birds-eye view approach (broad lens, focusing on the overarching narrative of scripture)

General plan:

  • follow a “whole bible” reading plan at whatever pace is manageable for you
  • Read Old and New Testament each day
  • Make sure you begin at the start of a book, not somewhere in the middle
    • Read like you would any other book!


John MacArthur study method:

  • follow an “Old Testament in a year” plan
  • Read the New Testament, one epistle/Acts/gospel (or section of an epistle/Acts/gospel) every day, for 30 days
    • You’ll become very familiar with the text and maybe even memorize scripture along the way!
    • once the 30 days are up, continue onto the next section of the gospel/epistle or when you’re finished with it, pick another!


Christ Church has a Facebook group that reads the Bible every day together, with thousands of other women. Join their group and pick up wherever they are! Enjoy reading with women across the world! 


Inductive (a concentrated effort on smaller sections of scripture)

OIMA method:

  • Observation
    • Context (who wrote it, when was it written, where was it written, to whom was it written, why was it written)
    • Write out the basic information of the text. The “plain-Jane” information presented
      • Ex. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, our Lord
        • Death is earned as a result of sin
        • Eternal life is a free gift of God
        • Eternal life comes through Jesus
        • Jesus is Lord
    • Make note of transition words (therefore, for, but, etc.) and what they are alluding to/referring to
    • Look up words, from the text, in a Bible dictionary 
    • Read the text in other reliable translations
    • Look up cross-references
    • Note the questions you may have about the passage
  • Interpretation
    • Paraphrase the passage
    • How does this point to Christ?
      • What shadow of the Gospel do you see?
      • Is there a Christ typology in the passage?
    • Check your paraphrase with a trustworthy commentary
    • Look up questions you still have about the passage, from trusted sources
    • Listen to a sermon/podcast or read articles on the passage or a concept in the passage, from trusted sources
  • Meditation
    • Journal a prayer to God
    • Pray the Word
  • Application (S.P.E.C.K)
    • Sin 
      • Is there a sin to avoid?
      • Is there a sin I need to repent of?
    • Promise
      • Is there a promise that applies to me?
    • Example
      • Is there an example to follow or not to follow?
    • Command
      • Is there a command to follow?
    • Know
      • What does this tell me about God and his character?
      • Scripture to memorize

Always remember to pray! Pray before you begin. If you are struggling in your study, pray! If you don’t want to study, pray! Pray thanksgiving to God for His Word and the Spirit to understand!


Jen Wilkin also has a great and thorough method of study. In her book “Women of the Word” she outlines this method. You can also find a quick reference guide for her “6 Principles for Solid Bible Study” here: https://static.crossway.org/excerpt/bookmark-women-of-the-word2.pdf


Below I have listed some reliable sites that have reference materials and resources you can use for both types of study!

Online Reference Sites

Bible Hub

https://biblehub.com/

Blue Letter Bible

www.blbclassic.org/index.cfm

E-Sword 

– A free, downloadable Bible Study Tool (iphone app available)

https://e-sword.net/

Trusted Ministries

Ligonier Ministries

https://www.ligonier.org/ (iphone app available)

Table Talk Magazine

  • a great resource if you need direction on what to study, with daily devotionals, reading plan, and related topical articles. Available online(for free) and in print(for an affordable subscription price, and free trial)

https://tabletalkmagazine.com/

Grace to You Ministries

https://www.gty.org/

GotQuestions

https://www.gotquestions.org/

This list is not exhaustive, but a great starting point and contain solid, trusted ministries.

If you know of some resources you think would be a great addition to this list, email/message us and we would love to share them here for others to utilize!

More than anything, I pray you see the absolute necessity, command, and blessing we have been given in studying God’s Word. He is a great God, the God of our salvation, and we can (and should) know Him through His Word. Thanks be to God for this gift!

In Christ,

Michelle

Women of the what?

Come!

Have a sit.

You’re welcome at the table to fellowship, learn, laugh, and praise God. What a special time. A new beginning. New people to meet and new skills to hone. New graces to speak of and new love to develop. 

First and foremost, I want to explain what Women of the Table is. This idea has spawned out of an adoration for Jesus and a joy of sharing that adoration with each other. The name kind of was just a name that sounded good… that had some sort of connection in our brain to a meeting place and a place of fellowship with believers. But as I contemplate all of the richness of what this name holds, I see connections to our Lord. Our Lord gathered around the table to institute the Lord’s supper with His dearest friends, the ones whom he knew well, taught, and loved. He invites those who would repent and trust in him for their salvation, a place at his table as His brother or sister. Also, the table is a place where strangers and friends alike gather in open homes to share ideas, love, and hospitality. Most fittingly, a table is probably where we will be recording our podcast!

Here at Women of the Table, our main goal of podcasting is to complete our joy by sharing the gospel and speaking of Christ for everyone to hear. We don’t want to make this about us, or to make it about you. We want to make it about Jesus. We aim to reframe everything around the Gospel and Him, through His Word, because it is sufficient for us in every part of life. 

But what makes us different? We are learning as we go, taking steps to be gospel-centered in every episode. We aren’t anyone special – no connections, nothing really interesting about us, we just really love talking about Jesus, being challenged by His word and teachers of His word. We aren’t willing to pat heads (as if everything anyone does is acceptable and God glorifying), but we are willing to stick our necks out there for the truth so that you may better know The Truth. 

What will we cover? Well we love all things Jesus. We hope to include the following: theological points, sermons, books, church history, women’s ministry, evangelism, creativity that glorifies God – basically anything that involves Jesus and His Church.

We hope to utilize this blog as a home base, where we can expound on episodes, introduce guest writers, and promote Christian teachers and fellow believers who we admire. 

So, subscribe to our mailing list and follow our podcast on podbean(wott.podbean.com). We will have some great eats for your ears and there’s always a seat for you at the table!

Blessings in Christ,

Michelle and Betsy

America’s Religion: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-vsb6h-c54db0

When prosperity gospel, word of faith, pragmatism, cultural Christianity and man-centered theology collide, you get the hideous creature called Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. Coined by a team of sociologists, this American religion hides in plain sight. Join Betsy and Michelle as they discuss the core tenants, easy to spot signs, and how to counteract this all too common belief system within American evangelical churches.

 

Serving to the Glory of God

This week on the podcast Travis and I chatted about serving the church and how Jesus is the perfect model for selfless giving of our time and talents. Today, I just want to get into the practical side of this subject. We went over the “why”, now lets move on to the “how”.

God gives gifts to his people not primarily as a means of fulfillment for us as individuals, but for the maturing of his church. Our service to the church yields several benefits—for ourselves, for others, and most importantly for the glory of God. We cannot say that the Body doesn’t need us or that we don’t need the Body.

Before I begin I want to mention that this isn’t an exhaustive list and some of these ideas might not even apply to the church you’re apart of. Also, keep in mind your talents and abilities. If you have no idea how to play piano, then maybe don’t try out for the worship team. If you have a difficult time with organization, then heading up a planning committee might no be where God is leading you. Lastly, pray and ask God where He wants you to be.

Okay, let’s do this!

Teach a Class – Just as we mentioned in the podcast, teaching isn’t meant for everyone. Maybe teaching a children’s Sunday school class is more suitable for your abilities. Whether you’re teaching adults, teens or children, you should take this responsibility seriously.

Discipleship Ministry – Some churches have an active discipleship ministry. Talk with your pastor about how to lead a discipleship group and helping other Christian growth in their faith. Disciplining others is a great way to grow to spiritual maturity

Greet People – “Hello! How are you this morning? That’s quite a fancy shirt you got on!”. I already gave you your first greeting!

Cleaning – It’s a dirty job but someones gotta do it (lol).

Maintenance – Are you pretty handy with a hammer? Maybe you do some carpentry in your spare time? Churches could always use help with the maintenance of the building and grounds.

Prayer Team – Prayer is the most important thing we can do and it should always be our first action in all decisions. Our churches and pastors need our prayers. Consider joining a prayer team and bring your requests to God in a group setting.

Worship Team – Joining the worship band or team shouldn’t be your chance to fulfill your dream of being a rock star. This job is to help lead the church in worship to the Almighty Creator!

Nursery or Children’s Church – This is a valuable ministry especially to families who have young children that may be serving in another capacity on a Sunday morning. It’s a serious job to take care of other people’s children and may require extra patience and gentleness if you have some rowdy kids in your care (like our kids for example).

That’s just a quick sampling of places where you might find a need in your church body. If you aren’t sure where you can serve, ask your pastor! The leadership in your church would be grateful for your willingness to help and participate. And of course, bring all your requests and desires to God through prayer and the reading of the Word.

In Christ, Betsy

Service to the Glory of God

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-wkb34-c47753

This week’s episode of WotT is hosted by Betsy and her husband Travis! Travis and Betsy sit down to discuss how serving the body of Christ is a call for all Christians. They look to the Bible to see examples of Jesus serving his people and how every act service should bring glory to God. They also offer up practical points on how to serve and how not to. We hope this episode spurs you on to love and serve the church even more!