Many ways that we serve the body don't show up on a formal list. These are vital needs in the church and are carried out behind-the-scenes without an official title, and often secretly without recognition (e.g., prayerfully showing up early on the Lord's Day so you can find someone to encourage before the service, bearing one another's burdens in prayer, writing a note of encouragement or offering a word of admonishment, sharing a resource, meeting a practical need, helping, etc.).
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It was a precious time celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord together. I've heard from so many of you about how encouraged you were from reflecting on what Jesus has done for you and the Father's love in crushing his Son for our sin problem. We need these reminders of his love and forgiveness for us! What a great weekend.
The Priority in Women’s Ministry
This past week on Wednesday night I outlined the foundational priority for women's ministry in the church. I didn't cover many of the practicals, but taught on the key passage of Titus 2:3-5. Some of you have asked about a recording, here's a link.
Next Sermon Series
After Mark we are going to look at what God says about his church. I plan to preach on our purpose, mission and vision at CBC. As I have begun to prepare for this series, I've been flooded with a sense of urgency and renewed commitment as to why this church was planted four years ago.
For those of you who have been here since the beginning this is going to be a powerful reminder as we recalibrate our thinking about why we exist. For those of you who are newer to the ministry, these messages will give you insight into what drives the ministry at CBC - our view of God, of the Scripture, and of his church.
This Summer we plan to gather on Wednesday nights beginning 6/26 to study biblical parenting. More details will be coming soon, but something to begin to set your expectations for. Many of these principles are broadly applicable so there are opportunities for the entire church body here (those who might someday raise kids, those currently raising kids, those who have already raised kids, and those who know people who are raising kids... that covers everyone).
Chairs for Eicher
We don't need chairs anymore! The Shift Church is leaving some chairs for us, which will be combined with the used ones we already purchased. This means that we have all that we need until the new chairs arrive in late June.
The Shift Church will be dismantling the wood decking that surrounds the two mobile trailers on the property on Saturday 5/18. There are pressure treated boards on the deck that we can re-purpose for use elsewhere on the property. We need a couple of able-bodies to help unscrew the boards as they are loading up the material to have it hauled away.
Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
This past Lord's Day was an emphatic reminder of the Father's great love for us in sending Jesus and the suffering Jesus endured so that we might be forgiven and reconciled to God. What Jesus faced on the cross is incomprehensible, but worth meditating upon! After the service we discussed the upcoming building move and also opportunities to serve at CBC. I've attached the financial picture for 2019 - email me or call me if you weren't there and have questions.
Using Your Gifts
Many ways that we serve the body don't show up on a formal list. These are vital needs in the church and are carried out behind-the-scenes without an official title, and often secretly without recognition (e.g., prayerfully showing up early on the Lord's Day so you can find someone to encourage before the service, bearing one another's burdens in prayer, writing a note of encouragement or offering a word of admonishment, sharing a resource, meeting a practical need, helping, etc.). These many ways of serving are simply too numerous to list out comprehensively, but each is an opportunity by which God himself works through you by his Spirit for the good of others. It's incredible that God designed the church to function in this way. Namely, that his Spirit ministers to people through people. I see this ministry taking place all the time at CBC. It's a joy to my heart. I'm the blessed recipient of it as well.
If you are a Christian, unless you are infirmed or unable, God calls you to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10-11). This means (quite frankly) that if you aren't serving the body then you are sinning against the one who called you and gifted you for this purpose (1 Corinthians 12:7). A lack of service is typically rooted in self-focus and spiritual immaturity, although there can be other issues as well. Serving always requires sacrifice (i.e., you can't do it without a cost to your own time and comfort) and in our flesh we naturally care more about serving ourselves than others. But this is part of why God asks us to do it, because it's worship! How incredible is that?
To the degree that you neglect serving you withhold something beneficial to others, which weakens the church. Friends, God placed you in a local assembly so that you could contribute uniquely to the work he is doing (Ephesians 4:16). I write this to encourage you if you are already serving, and to exhort you to love and good deeds if you are not (Hebrews 10:24). Serving is a privilege and it will bless your soul to invest in others. It will contribute to your growth in Christ and protect you from self-centeredness (Proverbs 18:1).
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight (Proverbs 9:8-10).
Along with informal ways of serving, there are also other ways of serving the body which are more formalized. These needs require a degree of structure for us to properly meet them. I've listed out many of those areas in the attached document. The purpose of putting this in front of you is so that you can know some of the spiritual and practical ways to serve at CBC. If you see an area of interest on the list, then talk to the person whose name is by that item, or you can contact me. Some of the items could use someone to share the load, some are adequately being filled right now, and some are ready to be handed to someone else (several of the items that I am doing administratively would be wonderful to give to someone).
With each opportunity there is a degree of gifting and ability required. The items at the bottom of the last page are not yet established and require leadership. For example, you might have a heart for children's ministry (if so, I'd like to know), but in order to begin a children's ministry we need a couple of qualified people to take on the responsibly of putting that ministry in place. Part of my job and my joy is equipping you for doing the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12). Prayerfully consider how you are contributing to your brothers and sisters and the advance of the kingdom. If you need help, let me know. This is an exciting time to see God starting to expand the work at CBC according to his perfect timing.
We have 200 new chairs arriving by the last Sunday in June. In the meantime we have purchased 50 used chairs to provide temporary seating for May and June. If you have extra chairs that you can loan out for those 8 Sundays (or bring with you each week) please email Grant Smith and let him know what you can provide so we can make sure to have adequate seating for our Lord's Day worship services. 50 leaves us a bit short.
Here are a few highlights:
Approved Workman 4/12 - the Attributes of God.
Womens Bible Study Fellowship 4/17 - Biblical vision for women's ministry (Jake teaching)
Good Friday 4/19 - meeting at 6:30 pm at Santiam Place (communion service). We will sing "Precious Blood" that night, if it's not familiar you can learn it here.
Last Sunday at Santiam Place 4/28
May the Lord bless you this week as you seek Him.