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The Source For Ministry

As believers in our Lord Jesus Christ we are all called to minister to others, to serve in our Lord’s kingdom and to impact others with the truth and love of our Lord Jesus.  Yet many times servants of God, His ministers, are frustrated because of the lack of results.  There is a desire for fruitfulness, there is much labour given and yet they see few positive outcomes or little fruit coming from their efforts.  The consequence of expecting results from ministering within our Lord’s kingdom and yet not seeing the anticipated desires can bring about discouragement, self condemnation or the judging of others to be the problem.

In 2 Cor 4:1 the Apostle Paul  talks about the ministry that he had received.  “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.”  Note that Paul did not say that the ministry came because of his personal greatness, his communication skills, his drive or determination, his financial status or from any other attribute which Paul possessed.   It was not the skill of the individual, but because of the mercy of God that a ministry has been imparted.

Properly understanding the source of a ministry calling can be very liberating.  Because God calls and sends people into ministry the results are not dependent upon ourselves alone.  The calling to ministry came from the mercy of God.  This means that we are now free from our own pressures and expectations to succeed.  The success does not hinge upon our past ability, skills or performance  but rather upon the mercy of God who calls us.  Any positive results that are obtained are also a consequence of His mercy.

Realizing how one’s ministry comes from God’s mercy should keep us from losing heart, but it should also free us from actions or pressures to try to make ministry happen.  Paul continues to say in 2 Cor. 4:2 that understanding how our ministry comes from the mercy of God, helps us to “renounce secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.” Deception, or distorting the truth is not needed to get results.  We do not need to water down the truth to please people.  The results come from God’s working through His mercy.

You may feel pressured to measure up, to minister more effectively, to be more fruitful.  You may feel that the expectations upon you are too great for you to be able fulfill them.  Take time to focus upon God’s mercy and His impact in your life.  Then thank Him, for through His mercy, God will work through you.

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Do You Not Remember?

Jesus and the disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee when Jesus warns the disciples to “take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees”.  The disciples immediately think that Jesus is reprimanding them because they had not brought any bread with them. In response to their discussion Jesus asks, “Do you not remember when I broke the loaves for the five thousand … or for the four thousand?” (Mark 8:13-21)
We could easily condemn the disciples for not remembering how marvelously Jesus had blessed the little amounts that were present, how He fed the multitudes and how that resulted in baskets of left over bread.  But perhaps we too are similar in nature.  God in His mercy and grace shows up, forgives us, comes into our lives, provides us with His Holy Spirit and the comfort of His word and yet we easily forget these blessings. God promises us eternal blessings and yet we only see the here and now struggles.  He has answered many of our prayers and yet at another time we question why He might seem to be distant.

What Jesus was using as a teaching situation, the disciples understood to be correction and reprimand.  The disciples, being aware of their inadequacies, their faults then interpreted the instructions of Jesus in light of their weakness.  They felt that God was rebuking them, instead of seeing the loving instruction that God was giving to them.

In another boating incident, when Jesus was asleep in the midst of a storm, the fearful disciples wake Him saying, “do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38)  Jesus was right there in their midst yet in the eyes of the disciples it seemed like Jesus did not care about the situations and the distress that was surrounding the disciples.  The disciples failed to see how Jesus was actually going through the storm with them.  Though the disciples wanted the storm removed, Jesus’ care was shown by being in the midst of the storm with them.  The disciples were fearful and lacked faith (vs 40) because they could not trust that all would be okay with Jesus in their midst. The disciples were flustered by the storm, Jesus was at peace in the storm.

In the struggles in our lives, do we remember what Jesus had done in the past, do we draw strength from these past experiences?  Do we see the comments or the lack of comments from Jesus as being corrections or do we see them as being loving instructions?  Do we see the activity of Jesus, or the lack of activity of Jesus, as showing that He doesn’t care or that He has no concern for us in our situations?

Take a moment to remember, with thanksgiving, what Jesus has already done for you.  Ask Jesus to help you see that He is not only with you in the storm, but that He is actually caring for you in the midst of the storm.

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WOW Postponed until December 14th

WOW is postponed until December 14th

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It’s a Winter Wonderland out there and it’s way more fun watching the snow from inside!  So we’ve decided to postpone our final WOW session to December 14th.

NO WOW tomorrow – December 7th

December 14th – Join us as Special Guests Derek Z, Danny M, and Matt P will be leading us in worship!

We will then break into our small groups for our study and Christmas potluck.
So after worship you will grab your coffee and go straight to your group.

Blessings,
Your WOW Leadership Team

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Threshold Jr – Dec 7 – Another Christmas Story Pt 1

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THIS WEEK
(Grade 6-8)

Another Christmas Story Pt 1

It’s almost Christmas!  Come for some Christmas games  & fun
and a new series on an often untold Christmas Story
Also Hangout & Café in The Cage

Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

NEXT WEEK

Another Christmas Story Pt 2

We continue our Christmas series with more Christmas games  & fun
Also Hangout & Café in The Cage

Wednesday Dec. 14, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

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