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Is It Time You Said YES!?

Is It Time You Said YES!?
Jul 29 Tags: commitment | 1 Response Print Save as PDF

Last week I wrote an article on why people should not be afraid to say “no” to activities that may not be what the Lord wants. In all honesty, that was written to the 20% off those in assembly fellowship who do 80% of the work.  While those percentages may not match exactly your situation, it’s fair to say that most churches have a core group of men and women who do the lion’s share of the work.

This is for all the rest

So to the rest of those people who are content to watch the core group do most of the work, please read on. Much like a sporting event where the majority of people watch the players on the field or court, believers tend to let others do the work if they don’t have to. As an elder I find it frustrating when many people treat the church like a hobby.

The attitude can often be seen visibly. The attitude that puts priorities on many things above the church: family, entertainment, sleep, sports, music, work and social activities.

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11

There is much work to do

The cold, hard reality is that in order to sustain the work of a local church, many people need to be involved.  Here’s a list of just a few things that take place in the church context:

  • teaching
  • discipling
  • youth work
  • evangelism
  • building maintenance
  • financial tasks
  • visitation
  • hospitality
  • audio/video
  • music (song leading and musicians)
  • event setup and cleanup

I could go on and on. What is sad to me is that for many people, their goal in attending a church is to get and not to give. They come when they “feel like it”, they help out if it’s convenient and they will give financially after they have spent on themselves in the things they enjoy. In essence, the church is just another item on the to-do list.

Missing out

Unfortunately for those “on the fringe”, they are missing out on something special. I can’t even begin to describe to you the joy from a deep commitment to the church. Yes, there are struggles, frustrations and at times, hurts. But God’s people are precious. They are family. They are loved by a good and kind Father. They are brothers and sisters.

Why you should say Yes to the church

Here are some simple reasons you should consider saying yes to the church and get more involved.

  1. The Lord expects it.  God has gifted you with a special ministry within the local body. “It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” 1 Corinthians 12:11
  2. The church needs you. God wants you to build others up. “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”  Ephesians 4:12
  3. Serving helps you grow.  As we serve others in the body we grow to maturity. “This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13
  4. Serving builds strong relationships.  The more we spend time together for the Lord, the stronger our relationships will be. “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:16

Final challenge

Are you a spectator or a player in the game?  If you are sitting on the sidelines, then know that God wants to use you as part of the team. He wants to train you and give you special role to fulfill within the body of Christ. Don’t hold back any longer – say Yes!

Crawford Paul

Crawford is an elder at Rolling Meadows Bible Chapel in Ontario and has a passion for the assemblies. He and his wife Beth serve in various ways within the assembly to build up and encourage the believers. He is president of Legacy Ministries Canada, an organization focused on helping individual Christians, local churches and Christian organizations with financial, legal and governance matters. Check it out at legacycanada.org

One Response to Is It Time You Said YES!?

  1. This is very good in theory, but the spiritual gifts need to be recognized, and developed under the elders training and guidance. Often those who are the leaders of a ministry do not have the spiritual gift and their idea of evangelism is ineffective. Mass tract distribution has not proven to be effective in a country which is now full of immigrants. .. In the same way a door to door visitation to invite the neighbourhood to church meetings where the church is surrounded by Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists Mormons etc has proven to be a very ineffective approach. People do not support these efforts because they are consistently ineffective. The leaders (elders) need to find those who are doing the work effectively and let them train and develop a program such as evangelism where the supporting team can use a variety of gifts.

    The church does not use the spiritual gifts of women because they consider evangelism is to invite the unsaved to the church and in this approach women would never be given a part in the Ministry. Men mostly have the mentality that evangelism must be carried out in the church setting which excludes all women with the gift of evangelism. They think that all Bible teaching must be carried out in the church setting and so this also excludes women.

    If women would have an effective evangelistic ministry outside of the church, this should be an area where women would and should be encouraged, but most consider that women in any role of teaching (except Sunday School and Ladies Bible study) is not to be encouraged or supported.

    Training be elders consists of letting all the men take their turn at teaching. This can be a reason for lack of attendance.

    Often the wife of an elder or wife of a missionary is the one in charge of women’s meetings. If the wife has a vision and is a Bible teacher this can be good, but often the teaching can be incorrect.

    It is not a matter of asking all to get involved. it is up to the elders to encourage first those who are doing the work to lead the different ministries, to report to the elders on what and why the work is effective and be willing to listen be used to make the ministry a ministry where the church is trained and can see where they fit into the program.

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