In week 3 of our Core Four series, we take a look at the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and discover how those words define and even dictate how we view and pursue our Next Generation Ministries at PBC. Above all else, we believe the most important thing we can teach our children and teenagers is to love God with all they are. This is the essence of the Old Testament Law and the essence of our ministry to children and teenagers at PBC.
Who has made a New Year's resolution only to watch it dissolve within the first few weeks of January? I think we all have. One thing that a New Year's resolution does, it causes us to assess or evaluate our lives. We usually see habits in our life that are out of balance or we are missing disciplines that we need to start. Either way, we have a tendency to be out of balance, unhealthy. Now is a good time to check in on our spiritual health. Are there areas in your life that are out of balance spiritually? Paul gives some examples of healthy habits to Timothy. All of them have to do with our service & life lived for Christ.
Last week we defined ministry. This week we see the definition of ministry play out in one of the greatest turning points in the history of the church...the conversion of Cornelius. Peter see where God is working and participates in an epic movement of God to get the message of the gospel to the Gentiles. Peter shares the gospel, sees the power and movement of the Holy Spirit, defends their salvation to other Christians and then leads in a celebration to the glory of God.
Graham Buxton's definition of "ministry" is incredibly accurate. "Participating in what God is doing to reconcile the world to himself--through Christ in the Spirit." We see that actualized in the transitional verses in Acts 9:32-43. We see Peter live out a "ministry" definition as he meets the needs of those around him. It seems like it would be a simple message to grasp, but ministering to others has its costs & its purposeful focus.
The culmination of our Work As Worship series was a massive service project with well over 100 PBC volunteers serving in the name of Christ. We cleaned up parks, made meals for families in need, worked on widows' houses, and did it all as an act of worship. This brief message is from the short worship "service" before our worship "serving."