How to Connect and Serve
What’s so important about your local church? At a time when there’s more Bible teaching than you could ever consume available through radio, television, and the Internet, why should it matter where and how you’re taking in God’s truth? What’s wrong with virtual, web-based congregations for the digital-age church? Why can’t your iPod be your worship leader, your tablet be your pastor, and your friends your fellowship and accountability?
The answer is simple: that’s not the way God designed it.
The New Testament repeatedly emphasizes the importance of local assemblies. In fact, it was the pattern of Paul’s ministry to establish local congregations in the cities where he preached the gospel. Hebrews 10:24-25 commands every believer to be a part of such a local body and reveals why this is necessary.
And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
His Body—the church is the local representation of that worldwide Body—and we should gladly minister and be ministered to among God’s people.
Active involvement in your local church is imperative to living a life without compromise. It is only through the ministry of the local church that a believer can receive the kind of teaching, accountability, and encouragement that is necessary for him to stand firm in his convictions. God has ordained that the church provide the kind of environment where an uncompromising life can thrive and His people can grow spiritually.
So how do you connect, how do you serve? There are a number of ways to start serving in your church. You might ask yourself, what gifts do I have, where would I be utilized. Note that there are many spiritual gifts, and every believer has been endowed with a gift, or possibly more than one. The spiritual gifts listed below are found in three passages: Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10;28-30, and Ephesians 4:11
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another; as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)
There are even test that you can take online that will show you your gifts. It is also important to ask God to reveal these gifts to you. Another way to find out where you should connect is to simply just start working!
Ask around, contact a ministry leader and ask them “do you have any events coming up, and can I assist you in any way”?
If you simply just start working and volunteering, you will find out what your gifts are and what ministry you should be working in.
Please check out the ministries will have listed on the website. Check out their mission and purpose. The ministry director is also listed for you to contact. Let God use your gifts! The church needs your involvement and most importantly God will get the glory!