Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:6-8).
God has uniquely equipped every Christian to serve and bless and build up the body of Christ. He has also uniquely called every Christian to actively serve and bless and build up the body of Christ. When believers embrace this truth, the beauty of church is supremely displayed both in the church and to the world. When believers reject the truth, the beauty of the church is masked, so that the “light of the world” is hidden under a basket (Mt. 5:14-16). In like manner, John wrote:
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 Jn. 3:16-18).
The glory of God is too valuable to be hidden. Our gifts must be used for the good of the church, to care for it, bless it, encourage it, protect it, and nourish it. When this happens, the church itself functions a means of God’s growing, sanctifying, empowering grace. Not surprisingly, then, our aim is for every member of Sylvania, whether a preschooler, a senior citizen, or anywhere in between, to be actively using his or her gifts and/or abilities to bless the church.
Where Can I Serve?
To help you consider how you might serve Sylvania Church, we’ve compiled a list of ongoing ministries, needs, and opportunities to serve. That said, don’t limit yourself to just the opportunities on the list. Are there other needs that aren’t being met? Are there needs we don’t realize we have?
Not Sure What Your Spiritual Gifts Are?
We’ve written an article to help you discover your spiritual gifts. We pray that it helps you in your quest to bless the bride of Christ for whom He shed His own blood.