The Opportunity to Serve
By Josh Creel
This story may be apocryphal, but I've heard it from more than one source so I'm going to say it's true. Brother Harold Comer is well known to most of us, in fact he's an "honorary" member and his picture is on our membership board. You may know that he served as an evangelist for many years with the College View congregation in Florence, AL (the same congregation where Kenny and Beth Moorer now labor). The College View congregation is located next to the University of North Alabama, so like us, they have numerous college students worshipping with them each year. Just like us, there is one Sunday in the Fall when most of the college students are moving in so the students are present at worship along with their parents. Well, the story goes that on one such Sunday the parents of an incoming freshman had a question for Brother Comer. They asked, "What will this church do for our child?" Consider for a moment how you would answer that question. Perhaps you would describe the special college class, college devotionals or adopt-a-student programs. Brother Comer's response? "We will give them the opportunity to serve."
Today we have numerous parents in our number who are dropping their children off for school (at Florida College, USF and perhaps other establishments). No doubt you are concerned for your children. As you talk to some of the members here, I hope you know that we will do everything we can for your children while they are with us. We have faithful shepherds who will look after their souls, good teachers who will seek to help them grow in God's word and godly members who will take interest in the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of your children. However, I would like to echo Brother Comer's statement: we will also give your children the opportunity to serve God, His people and the world. In fact, that may be the greatest thing we can do for your children (Ephesians 4:11-16
Feel Left Out?
Do you feel like you are not really a part of the congregation? Everyone needs to be a part of the local work. If you are feeling left out, first ask yourself these questions. They may help your perspective:
When it is announced that someone is sick do you: Send them a card? Offer help? Visit them at the hospital? Get irritated with announcements about people you don't even know?
When a work day is planned, do you: Arrange your plans so you can be there? Look for ways you can contribute to the upkeep and improvement of the building (not only on work days)? Always manage to be "too busy" because it is your only day off?
When new souls are added to the Lord. do you: Introduce yourself and welcome them? Visit and encourage them? Help supply any needs? Assume others will take care of that?
When you think there isn't enough social activity. do you: Invite groups of Christians into your home? Plan and carry out activities for either adults or children? Offer to supply transportation or help for other’s activities? Complain that no one is doing anything?
When no one seems friendly: Have you been a friend to anybody in need? Made it your place to greet visitors? Invited people to your home that are weak? Looked for another church?
When Bible classes are provided, do you: Attend faithfully and encouraged others to do so? Prepare your lesson? Contribute to the class discussion with comments or questions? Sit with your mouth shut waiting for class to be more interesting than it was last time?
When someone is absent from the assembly, do you: Call to find out why? Exhort and encourage them? Offer transportation, when needed? Even notice that they are missing?
When there is a special service. do you: Help advertise the service? Invite others to come? Exhort members to attend? Invite the guest preacher into your home for a meal or Bible study? Support the effort with your attendance? Ignore the whole thing?
Now, from what activity do you feel YOU have been excluded?
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