Spring Beginnings

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

Spring has sprung. The birds are chirping. The grass is growing.  The trees are budding. It’s a new year with new beginnings.

Sometimes we all need new beginnings. We get stuck in a rut and caught up going through the motions.  It’s not any different with our church family.  We can get used to coming on Sunday mornings, volunteering with something one other night of the week, fulfill the obligations of the programmed ministry we are running, but sometimes in the course of these things we miss out on what these ministries are all about – ministering to people.  It’s never about the program itself.  It’s always about the people.

May I ask you a question?  Are you developing deeper relationships with the people of your church family? It’s very possible to be very involved in church activities but not be involved in church life.  Life comes from pouring our energy and love into individuals.  It’s the difference between…

  • showing up to work the nursery vs. looking every child in the eye and saying something good about each one of them.

  • teaching a lesson in Sunday School vs. interacting with people during the teaching time.

  • mumbling through the words during worship songs vs. making a loud noise to the Lord where everyone around you can see just how much you love the Lord.

  • listening to a sermon vs. discussing the truth of that word on your way home after service.

  • coming Sunday morning vs. greeting every person you see and shaking every hand you can

The other ministry I hope you’re involved in is a weekly small group.  Lives change around a circle, not in rows.  Life change is a result of interacting with truth vs. just listening to it.  Life change happens when we question one another how we are applying the truth of God’s Word in our everyday lives.

If you’re not in a Small Group.  Please call Janna Salyers, our Small Group Coordinator, at 304-942-5040.  She will do a good job of matching you up with a group from a similar walk of life where you can walk through life’s ups and downs together.  Without question, these Small Groups are one of the most important ministries of our church.  Please get involved, not only for your good, but others need your presence as well.

–Steve