THE STORY: As a young Christian, I am sometimes overwhelmed with caring for my four children. Especially the baby! But I have fallen in love with God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! And I have learned the lesson that my church family is there to help me where I need help. And I have learned that I am also needed and able to help my church family.
I love to cook, and what I love has led me to volunteer to help my pastor with my cooking skills. When a family in our church family is in crisis, and in need of a good meal, the pastor lets me know. Other women in my church family leave the ingredients at the church for me to pick up; they are very good at growing food. Other women in my church family watch over my children, so I am free to prepare the meal. The children love their grandmother’s in the faith!
When the meal is done, some of the husbands help me bring it to the home of the family that needs a good meal. The men are terrible cooks but they make good deliveries!
I love how all of us work together to do God’s will and each of us does what we are very able to do. There are many things I cannot do, but our pastor is careful to ask me to help where I am the very best person to do that task for the church family. This is my calling from God, to serve as I am gifted, and to be blessed by others as they use their gifts to serve, including helping me.
NOTE (my commentary):
IF “it takes a village to raise a child,”
THEN it takes a whole church working together in Christian Education to raise a disciple to full maturity!
What do these scriptures mean?
Mark 8:34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
– The cross that Jesus carried was the way he served and blessed all of human kind.
– What is the cross that you will take up to serve and bless others? What has God called you to do?
1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
– God works through many people in many different ways; God uses our differences.
– What does verse 7 mean to you? What is the “manifestation of the spirit” in you?
– Set aside for a moment the 9 gifts that are listed next which the people at Corinth envied and coveted. Consider this instead: how is the spirit of God seen to work through you?
1 Corinthians 12:11 All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
– Do we get to choose what our spiritual gift will be, our “manifestation of the spirit”?
– Are we asked instead then to be good stewards of whatever strengths, talents and gifts we have received, and give thanks for them? And use them?
1 Corinthians 12:12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
– The human body is made up of very different parts, each with very different functions.
– The body is healthy if all of the parts are healthy and doing what they are made by God to do.
– How is your church like a body, with each part working differently yet all cooperating?
– Are your members all working differently, expressing all the variety and differences found in nature?
– Or are your members more alike, all acting alike, serving alike, imitating each other?
Consider your answers to the questions below about human teenagers and born again adolescents. Feel free to consult parents and grandparents in your church to gather details.
What do human teenagers want?
What do human teenagers say they want?
What do human teenagers show they want by what they do?
Are teenagers in Uganda looking for what will be their life’s work, their employment?
Are Christians at the adolescent level in your church looking for their spiritual life’s work? Their ministry in the church, the cross they are to carry, serving in their place in the body?
Are teenagers in Uganda looking for another person to form a human family and raise children?
Are Christians at the adolescent level in your church looking for partners to serve with them in their ministries? Forming teams to do God’s work?
What problems do human teenagers need help with?
What problems do Christians at the adolescent level struggle with?
Do they desire more to be like each other than to be the unique person God made them to be?
Do they seek the approval of God or the approval of their peer group?
Do they work calmly and cooperatively, or are they jealous, envious, quick to anger, easily offended?
If there is a problem to be solved or a human need or suffering, do the Christians at the adolescent level in your church move toward the task or away to amuse themselves?
How do you see Christians at the adolescent level in your church carrying a cross to bless others as Jesus did?
What is that cross that they carry for the sake of others?
When it is time to wash feet, as Jesus did, do Christians at the adolescent level in your church do their part? Do they wish the places of honor or the places of service?
What are the cooperative teams that have naturally formed to do God’s work at your church?
Who is on each team? What is the gift that they use?
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Key: Origin: Last Revision: 9/7/20.