Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Chris Jones
222 East Epler Avenue
February 17, 2013
First priority in prayer- always the lost, our leaders, our military, and our church
-Addy Clark -Thelma Confer -Kathleen Gravens
-Louise Gammons -Louise Cook -Margaret Gray
-Dean Sewell -Greg Shy -Shirley Keen
-Anita Gray -Matt Patterson -Willa Dean McCombs
- Please join us for Wednesday night services.
- Our next VBS meeting will be Wednesday, February 20 at 5:45.
- Breakfast with Bethel will be on Tuesday, February 26 at the Bob Evans on 31 at 8:30 A.M.
- Please note: if church is cancelled the information will only be available on WISH Channel 8 and WTHR Channel 13.
We would like to wish everyone who has a December, January, or February birthday a very blessed and happy birthday.
But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
Do you want to be a good Christian or a mediocre church member? While the scriptures repeatedly teach us that we ought to be humble is there an occasion where a little Christian ambition might not be in order?
Certainly we should not desire to be placed above our brother or sister in the esteem of our brothers and sisters. We should not want everyone to constantly be telling us that we are the best. That is pride. The Bible repeatedly demonstrates that pride is not a good thing for Christians. It also points out that humility is the path not only to salvation but future blessings as well. Does that mean we should never have any ambition at all?
In the last verse of the 12th chapter of 1st Corinthians we are told to covet earnestly the best gifts. Desiring the best does not seem to be consistent with being humble. However, when the Christian gifts Paul has been describing in the same chapter are used the way God intends them to be used it is not pride. It is a desire to serve people. The spiritual gifts were not given to elevate one church member over another. They were given so that the church members could serve each other. Therefore, if you desire the best spiritual gifts, you were not seeking to build your reputation. You were seeking to serve your brothers and sisters in the best manner possible.
Consider your favorite preacher. Do you think he started out with the same ability to speak and understanding of the scripture he has now? It is unlikely. So why did he improve? He improved because he honestly had a desire to serve the people he was preaching to. He wanted to be a better servant to them, which is truly what a minister is.
God does not just call preachers to serve though. Everyone in the church is called to serve. We are called to serve the church. We are called to serve each other. We are even called to serve the lost world. If we are called to serve, should we not desire to be the best servant we can be?
As church members we can serve in many ways. Some of those I have mentioned recently are praying and inviting people to church. There are others as well though. The Bible mentions many ways to serve people.
So I ask the question again, do you want to be a strong Christian or a mediocre Christian. Do you want to be a pillar of the church that holds it up or rock that holds a bench down? I hope you want to be a pillar in the Lord’s church. If so, you are going to have to follow the Lord’s personal example and serve people. I hope you have some Christian ambition. If you do, you will constantly be seeking not only to improve how you serve people but how many people you serve.