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Saints Get Equippedby Rev. John Weston, Senior Pastor on September 25, 2019
Saints Get Equipped
by John Weston
You pay your financial advisor to help you plan for the future. You pay a restaurant to provide you with a fabulous meal. You pay a physical trainer to make you hurt.
What do you pay a church for?
You don't. Everything else listed above are business transactions. If a doctor, for example, does not give you the care you want, you fire them and find another. It's commerce. But church is different. You and I give money to the church out of a debt of gratitude to Jesus to see his work flourish in our community and in our world. It's not a business transaction. If you're not getting what you want out of your church, you don't stop giving because those gifts aren't for services rendered by the church; they're for the Lord. But, like commerce, each of us does get something out of giving. You know what that is? We get to support an organization that in turn equips us to to do God's work.
Ephesians 4:11-12 11 He [Jesus] is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ...
If you are a saint (and if you believe in Jesus and are trying to pattern your life after him, you're a saint), then the church's job is equip you to do God's work.
Growing up I looked at churches as inconsequential. Churches were extra. Something for your spare time. Like football, only more serious and spiritual. I thought it was great if I could help out now and then, but church was basically about us regular folks sitting on the sidelines and watching the pros (clergy) go at it. Like football. But more spiritual. Then the Lord came into my life and showed me personally that EVERYONE is supposed to be on the playing field. Church leaders aren't the pros that everyone else watches; they are the trainers and coaches that get the team in shape, on the field, and on the way to winning some games.
Some of you have taken the Motivational Gifts Seminar and are serving the Lord in those areas which you're spiritually gifted. And it's great! You're better than you are because God's power makes you more effective than you could ever be on your own. Make time for this seminar and you will get in touch with how God has wired you to serve him. Even if you can't make the seminar, fill out the survey and see which areas are your greatest strengths. Click here to download the inventory. Please let the office know in order what your three strongest gift areas are in order. Lay Leadership Team wants to know so we can ask you to serve in areas that match your strengths. Simple as that.
If you have not ever been trained to do anything for the Lord, this is the time to change that. It will change your life. I took this training a year ago and highly recommend it.
Motivational Gifts Seminar
“Motivational Gifts” are the seven areas of Christian spiritual gifting listed in Romans 12. They include: prophecy, serving, teaching, exhorting, giving, leading, and mercy. This event is put on by by Wind of the Spirit Ministries, a religious non-profit that is run largely by SUMC's own members and is located across the hall from the church office.