I have a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for our elders here at the Fulshear Church of Christ! Our elders are doing a great job of shepherding us as we move forward in our faith. They are such great examples in service, sacrifice, and selfless love.
I’m excited about the positive plans they have in store for our spiritual family for 2021 and beyond. I ask you to pray that we will make a BIG impact in our Fulshear community for our Lord. I ask you not only to pray but also follow their example.
Please be an encouragement to our elders by sending them a card of appreciation or communicating your love for them verbally for their service to the Lord and His kingdom. Think about ways you can be creative to show your love and appreciation for their diligence. They truly deserve it!
Let’s display the beautiful qualities of humility and submission, along with the desire to be unified and spiritual, as we serve the Lord under the oversight of our elders with enthusiasm and joy. These qualities are definitely needed to be an active, healthy, vibrant, and growing church.
My plea is for God to keep us…
1. Holy (1 Peter 1:15)
2. Hungry (Matthew 4:4)
3. Humble (Philippians 2:1-11)
God wants us to be successful! Let’s be steadfast, immovable, and moving forward in our work for the Lord!
1The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. (1 Peter 5)
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
One of the most crucial components of the family that sets the direction spiritually for the family is the father. And for good reason … it is God’s plan for the family. The magnitude of this cannot be understated.
Luke 2:52 is often used to describe the growth of Jesus, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” We notice in that verse that Jesus grew intellectually, physically, and socially. My question is how did this happen? It happened because Joseph decided that he and his house would serve the Lord.
This decision to serve the Lord will set the direction for….
1. The priority of worship in your home.
2. The love that is the foundation in your home.
3. The lessons learned spiritually from God’s Word in your home.
4. The prayers that are offered to God in your home.
5. The decisions for serving others that are planned in your home.
6. The allegiance and obedience that begins first in your home.
The direction that fathers set for the family spiritually have eternal consequences personally and collectively. It also affects the church and the community.
I’m thankful for all fathers who have made this decision and I want to encourage those who have not to decide today to give God your heart, soul, mind, and strength. It will be a blessing in this life and the next.
I came across this tidbit of information and was blown away…
“Giving diners a single mint at the end of a meal increased tips by around 3%. If two mints were provided, tips increased by 14%. More interestingly, if the waiter provided one mint, started to walk away from the table, but paused, turned back, and said, “For you nice people, here’s an extra mint”, tips increased by 23%, influenced not by what was given but how it was given.” - Influence At Work
Do you remember the fruits of the Spirit mentioned by the apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23? Listen to these words of Paul, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” God knew the beautiful fruit…KINDNESS would influence people in a positive way.
Imagine for a moment that those “diners” are not guests at an eating establishment but visitors to the Lord’s church, those “mints” and our words of encouragement is the kindness we offer.
God knew the importance and impact that genuine kindness would have on helping to bring others to come to know Jesus.
Let’s be kind to one another, our visitors at church, and to our neighbors in the Fulshear community.
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” (2 Peter 1:5-9)
We are saved by the AMAZING GRACE OF GOD.
We will not be saved without it. Hebrews 2:8, Ephesians 2:4-5
We are saved by the DEATH and RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.
We will not be saved without it. Hebrews 2:9, 2 Corinthians 5:15
We are saved by FAITH (believe and trust) in Jesus Christ.
We will not be saved without it. Hebrews 10:39, Romans 3:22
We are saved by CONFESSING the name of Christ before men.
We will not be saved without it. 1 Timothy 6:12, Romans 10:9
We are saved by REPENTING of our sins.
We will not be saved without it. Luke 13:3, 5, Acts 3:19
We are saved by being BAPTIZED FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS.
We will not be saved without it. Acts 2:38, 47; 22:16
We are saved by BEING FAITHFUL UNTIL WE DIE.
We will not be saved without it. Revelation 2:10b, Acts 11:23
We are saved by being IN THE CHURCH (the body of Christ).
We will not be saved without it. Acts 2:47, Ephesians 1:22, 23
We are saved by being CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS.
We will not be saved without it. Ephesians 2:10, James 1:22
We are saved by being OBEDIENT TO GOD.
We will not be saved without it. Romans 6:17, 18, 1 Peter 1:13, 14
We can never do anything to deserve or earn our salvation!! Which of God‘s commands can we ignore and still be saved? Revelation 14:12
It’s true! You will get it and this exactly what the apostle Paul said. Do you remember Paul’s memorable words in 2 Corinthians 9:6, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” Farmers definitely agree with the apostle whether they are Christian or not. Farmers will get out of the ground what they put into it...you reap what you sow.
Paul uses this simple agricultural principle and applies it to how God blesses the giver. People who are generous in giving will agree because they have experienced it. We know this is true because we have seen it with our own eyes when we have given our lives in service to God with our time, energy, strength, money and talents. We have seen time and time again people come to faith in Christ because of our service or we have seen smiles on the faces of others when we provided a meal when in need. We have watched people come and listen to the good word of God with an obedient spirit because we gave them our time, listened to their struggles, and helped them during difficult times. We have witnessed the blessings that come from a simple visit with a heart filled with love. I guess this is why giving and service are called a labor of love.
We are all a part of each blessing that occurs beside hospital beds in prayer, in funeral homes with love and support, or in counseling sessions helping a struggling sinner … we are all a part of that because we give to God and His glorious Church.
It’s true...You Will Get It! That’s why Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35).