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Serving Together In The Lord’s Church

By Don Loftis | 06.27.12

As Acts 13 begins, we are introduced to five men who ministered the Word of God presumably to the church there and to the lost within their community.  These five included Barnabas and Saul whom the Lord wanted to go on the first missionary journey.  He wanted them to leave Antioch and go serve His will elsewhere.

I wonder how the remaining three ministers felt?  Were they sad or jealous?  We get excited when new Christians come to worship and serve with us, but how do we react when those we love move away or choose to serve the Lord at a different address?  Are we able to quote Job’s words, “The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (admittedly in a different context)?

Our recent trip to Rogers City was a beautiful experience in many ways.  The congregations in northern Michigan view themselves as deeply connected with one another both in fellowship and ministry.  Members are often “loaned” to another congregation in order to fill a critical need.

We need a better vision of the kingdom of God, so that we see the church on a broader level.  We certainly want to see our congregation grow, but we are not in competition with our brethren.  We share the same goals of honoring God, seeking the lost, and utilizing the talent of every member.  We need to demonstrate faith in God’s plans for His body here and everywhere.

 

SERVING TOGETHER IN THE

LORD’S CHURCH

 

As Acts 13 begins, we are introduced to five men who ministered the Word of God presumably to the church there and to the lost within their community.  These five included Barnabas and Saul whom the Lord wanted to go on the first missionary journey.  He wanted them to leave Antioch and go serve His will elsewhere.

I wonder how the remaining three ministers felt?  Were they sad or jealous?  We get excited when new Christians come to worship and serve with us, but how do we react when those we love move away or choose to serve the Lord at a different address?  Are we able to quote Job’s words, “The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (admittedly in a different context)?

Our recent trip to Rogers City was a beautiful experience in many ways.  The congregations in northern Michigan view themselves as deeply connected with one another both in fellowship and ministry.  Members are often “loaned” to another congregation in order to fill a critical need.

We need a better vision of the kingdom of God, so that we see the church on a broader level.  We certainly want to see our congregation grow, but we are not in competition with our brethren.  We share the same goals of honoring God, seeking the lost, and utilizing the talent of every member.  We need to demonstrate faith in God’s plans for His body here and everywhere.

- Don Loftis

SERVING TOGETHER IN THE

LORD’S CHURCH

 

As Acts 13 begins, we are introduced to five men who ministered the Word of God presumably to the church there and to the lost within their community.  These five included Barnabas and Saul whom the Lord wanted to go on the first missionary journey.  He wanted them to leave Antioch and go serve His will elsewhere.

I wonder how the remaining three ministers felt?  Were they sad or jealous?  We get excited when new Christians come to worship and serve with us, but how do we react when those we love move away or choose to serve the Lord at a different address?  Are we able to quote Job’s words, “The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (admittedly in a different context)?

Our recent trip to Rogers City was a beautiful experience in many ways.  The congregations in northern Michigan view themselves as deeply connected with one another both in fellowship and ministry.  Members are often “loaned” to another congregation in order to fill a critical need.

We need a better vision of the kingdom of God, so that we see the church on a broader level.  We certainly want to see our congregation grow, but we are not in competition with our brethren.  We share the same goals of honoring God, seeking the lost, and utilizing the talent of every member.  We need to demonstrate faith in God’s plans for His body here and everywhere.

- Don Loftis


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One Response to “Serving Together In The Lord’s Church”

  1. mickey says:

    allowed to serve God wherever and whenever He leads…thanks

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