Want to Join the Symphony?
One of my favorite things in the whole, wide world is to see all the unscheduled, unplanned, and disorganized ministry that happens from individuals moved by God to do so.
I am talking about ministry from someone who simply feels compelled by Christ to love another human being as He has loved them. It is a beautiful thing.
When individuals do this, it creates a ripple. When the Church does it, it becomes a tidal wave.
When we have our Come and Consider class for new members we always use the example from 1 Corinthians 12:7 about what it means to be a part of a church.
Paul says, "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."
The word translated 'manifestation' is the Greek word symphero, where we get the word symphony. Think about it: If me and my family played instruments, we can go to our rooms and play our instruments individually and it might sound average. But if we get in the room together (assuming we could actually play instruments well), and we have a conductor, we can now take 5 disjointed instrumental pieces and make the beautiful music of a symphony.
This is a picture of spiritual gifts in the body of Christ.
I can do my thing by myself and it might be fine. Nikki can exercise her gifts and do some good, too. You can serve others in ways that you are equipped to do, and that is great. But the combined effort of us all puling the same direction is remarkable.
That's how the world is changed, and we have an opportunity right to make a tidal wave in our community in a unique way.
Last week we asked members and regular attenders of Rockland that own a small business to let us know so we can let our congregation know. (I got a lot of you saying you'd love to see the list so you can go and support them. That's awesome.)
It is a work in progress, but here is the LINK to a list of who we have so far. Please feel free to go and give them patronage, send them a note, and bless them in the name of Jesus.
I hope we are getting nearer the end of such strict quarantine restrictions (Polis has let churches know that guidance is coming for us a little after Memorial Day) so we can safely meet in person and share stories of how our great God has worked among us during this time.
Glad to be part of God's symphony together.
"See" you Sunday.
9 BIG QUESTIONS
As I mentioned, I got over 100 emails with questions about our relationship to the government from Romans 13. I can't get to all of them in the worship service so click the above video for answers to 9 big questions from the congregation:
- Are Christians allowed to protest and openly speak out against authorities?
- Does Romans 13 apply to "bad” people/leaders, or people I didn’t vote for?
- What if our leaders violate the Constitution?
- Were our forefathers ok in overthrowing the British government and having the Revolution?
- If I leave my country for another one am I being disrespectful to the God-given leader in my country and therefore should stay no matter what?
- Why should we take in any immigrants? Should we not send them back to their God-appointed leaders?
- If I was an accountant at Enron and was asked by my bosses to cook the books, what should I do?
- What about people who disrespect President constantly?
- How can we help dial down the hatred and vitriol in our culture?