You may remember this little game from Sunday School as a child. Fold your hands together with your pointer fingers up. “This is the church, this is the steeple, open the door, see all the people.” What a cute little rhyme from childhood. Too bad it taught us some bad habits.
So if church is a “place we go” it is fairly easy to show up at the right time and be where we are supposed to be. But what if scripture defines church as a people rather than a place? That changes everything.
The problem with the rhyme is that the church isn’t a building. I know, I know- we call the building the church. But according to scripture, the church is people; particularly Christ followers who have surrendered their lives to Jesus in order to serve Him. 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 is an excellent picture dealing with how the parts of a church body are to work together. Each individual member (like your fingers, toes, arms, or legs) is a vital part of the church. Just as your entire body would suffer without one of your members not functioning as it should, so it is with the church- the body of Christ.
Everyone needs a place to serve. Matthew 20:28 says, “…the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” If Jesus was a servant (and He was) then we certainly need to be servants. Who do we serve? Well, we should take our cues from Jesus and His disciples. They served each other. They served widows and orphans. They served those who did not yet believe. They served sinners. They served legalistic religious people. They served people who were grateful. They served people who were not grateful. How did they serve? They served with a joy. They served with fervor. They served with a good attitude. They served well. They served long. They served as “unto the Lord”.
This leads to a really good question to every member of East Booneville Baptist Church. This question is for young and not so young, for married folks and single folks, for new Christians and long time followers of Jesus. Here it is. Don’t miss it.
Are you ready to tell us how you would like to serve? If so, print off and complete a Spiritual Service Survey 2017 & turn it back in to the Connection Point in the foyer.