The Blessing of Service

We are very blessed this morning in this congregation to have the opportunity to appoint deacons to assist in the service of the church. We are thankful for these men who will assist our eldership and serve our members in so many ways. The elders and I would also like to thank each and every one of you who have prayed over this and who nominated men to serve. This morning, let us all take time to be grateful for the men who have been appointed as elders and deacons.

Let us all remember, however, that our job is to serve and not to seek only to be served. We each have our unique gifts and talents and God is pleased to see us use those to help each other and our community. If you are struggling to find your way to serve and to get involved in the congregation, please email me minister@jtcoc.com or call and let’s discuss. Every person here has such great capacity to minister in some way. Let’s all push ourselves to reach out of our comfort zones and better this congregation, community, and world.

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 3:8-13