September 21, 2014 Vol. 5 No. 51
GIVING Through Acts of Service
Acts 9:36-42 relates the inspiring story of Dorcas, a woman who “was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did” (v. 36 NKJV). ...She used her talents to glorify God, and Scripture records the tremendous impact she had on the people she served.
As a seamstress, she did more than meet the physical needs of the impoverished people she assisted. Besides keeping them warm, dry and clothed, the garments Dorcas made ministered to the widows by giving them tangible proof that they had not been forgotten.
The example of Dorcas shows us what God can accomplish when we are willing to give Him our hearts and our hands. He can do great things when we are willing to use our gifts and abilities to His glory. What a privilege it is to think that we can serve as vessels through which others can see and experience the love of Christ. The Lord has blessed each of us with unique potential to serve in the kingdom, and it is exciting to consider the possibilities before us.
Every congregation is blessed to have members who work behind the scenes. Without seeking praise or prestige, these individuals quietly organize classrooms, fill communion cups, count the collection, fix leaking pipes, maintain the grounds and do a myriad other anonymous tasks.
These same people are also usually the first to volunteer to meet needs outside the church building. At a moment’s notice they are willing to take an elderly sister to the doctor, provide child care for a sick mother, offer transportation, prepare care packages for college students, clean the home of a sick friend, or load a moving truck. With meekness they minister to the needy, from time to time filling gas tanks, stocking pantries or settling unpaid debts. Preferring to do their good deeds in the shadows, these servants go about their daily lives quietly giving through acts of service.
These deeds are usually only noticed when they are not done. By doing tasks which may be undesirable or unpopular, we obey and glorify God. Hebrews 12:28-29 urges, “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”
Through our service, we demonstrate thankfulness for our salvation. No price should be too great for us to pay in this life when we consider the price our Lord paid for our hope of eternal life.
As Galatians 5:13-14 points out, we show our love for the people around us when we minister to them: “Through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
When we truly love other people as God loves us, serving them is not difficult. Our love for them will open our eyes to their needs and help propel us toward acts of kindness on their behalf.
Giving through serving often requires that we humble ourselves. As Jesus said in John 12:24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” In order to reach our full potential in the kingdom, we must empty ourselves of selfishness, vanity and pride. If we are willing to die to ourselves, and give our lives to God, we can do great things for the kingdom. -Copied
FAMILY NEWS AND NOTES:
Friends & Family: Mark Rybicki (friend of Darletta Myers) is at Cleveland Clinic. Don Reifsnyder; Steve Heckathorn.
Death: We extend our sympathy to Georgia Daverio at the passing of her father John Poulos last Sunday. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
A Note From The Office: In order to keep our records as accurate as possible, we need your help in giving us the primary phone number to be used for “One Call Now”, our automated phone message system. Our desire here, at Northwest, is to keep the membership as informed as po ssible. You will find the phone number list on the east-wing bulletin board. Let’s try to complete this by the end of October. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Golden Agers: This Tuesday, September 23rd, the group will have a Bible study and then lunch at Perkins Restaurant (meet at the building at 10:30 AM).
Current Bible Class Offerings
TODAY @ 4:45pm: Training Day at the building.
Acme Receipt Program: NOCYC is once again participating in the Acme Receipts Program. Please start collecting your Acme Grocery Receipts and put them in the box in the hallway. This is a good and easy fundraiser for NOCYC. Thank you for helping our kids at NOCYC. The program runs from Sept 18th through February 4th.
Sewing Ladies: The ladies will continue to meet for sewing on Monday mornings at 10:00 AM until noon. If you are interested in learning to “knot quilts” please see Donna Gessel.
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QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK
There is no scripture to support the idea of withdrawing from a weak member whose only evident problem is slipping service attendance.
In fact there seems to be more scriptural evidence for withdrawing from some of us older members who have not been paying attention to the babes in Christ that we are to be feeding the “milk of the Word” (1 Peter 2:1-2). Baptize them and forget them is the practice of too many congregations of the churches of Christ.
God has placed a great responsibility upon older members of the church to edify and build up the new Christians. Paul wrote to Titus telling him to remind older men and women of the church that very thing (Titus 2:1-5). Older men are to teach the younger men, and the older women teach the younger women, what it means to be responsible and mature Christians. If we just teach them, baptize them and forget them, it is no wonder they become weak and erring. Most of these have just come out of worldly relationships which they had to give up. Man is a social being and if the church does not give them new relationships to replace the old ones, they are tempted to return to their old friends and old ways. It has been proven that if at least six new friendships are not developed within the first few weeks, they will probably be lost.
We should not always be looking for things in the new convert’s life that are on the negative side. If we do see something that needs correcting, Paul gives us the remedy if we will use it. “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” (Gal. 6:1). Remember, any time you point a finger at someone else, you have three fingers pointing back at you.
Weak brethren are not to be jumped on for being weak. Let those who are stronger show them the love and consideration God expects us to have and help them to grow stronger in the Lord.
On the other hand, if there are members who have been Christians for sufficient time that they should be stronger, (Heb. 5:12-14) but are forsaking the assembly and are resisting attempts to strengthen them and displaying a rebellious attitude toward attempts to strengthen them, then fellowship removal might be in order. But the removal would be more for the disturbance caused in the church than the missing of services. If one conducts themselves in an unchristian manner for any reason, their unholy leaven should not be allowed to spread throughout the congregation. -BC
Those reading for lessons during the worship service are asked to use the “New King James Version”, as it corresponds to the pew Bibles and the projections on the screen.
September 21, 2014 A.M. P.M.
Opening Prayer Elder Elder
September 28, 2014 A.M. P.M.
Opening Prayer Elder Elder