From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Mark Johnston, Stonepoint Worship Pastor

My wife, Angelia is an excellent cook.

She is the Wednesday night chef at a church in Dallas and prepares a meal for 125 people, doing almost all the cooking and prep work like it’s no big deal. She gets an occasional catering job and can set up and cook for 80 folks without much worry, and if I say “Honey, can we have the Praise Band and AV team over next Saturday for a sit-down dinner at the house, and can you make your most complicated dish?,” she says “sure.”

It hasn’t always been like this.

The first 8 years of our marriage, we lived on frozen meals, Ragu sauce poured over either overcooked or undercooked spaghetti and went out to eat four nights a week because she couldn’t cook. At all. She made biscuits one time that were like little boulders because she didn’t have any baking powder and used baking soda instead. She once melted the entire corner off a big plastic spoon stirring something in a saucepan, saw what happened and then still served the dish to me!

Sydney (our oldest daughter) and I couldn’t wait for Sunday lunch, because we got to go to my mom’s house and eat real food.

Why am I telling you these dirty little family secrets?

Because Angie saw it was a need and got equipped to change things. She signed up for the culinary arts program at a community college in Dallas and took classes. She started over and learned everything she could about cooking. Now she is a great cook and is able to serve people doing something she loves to do.

I know what you’re thinking—“nice story, but what does any of this have to do with me?”

The staff at Stonepoint needs your help in areas of service and ministry all over the church. If you’re not involved in serving others, you’re missing out on a tremendous blessing, and those areas of service are suffering because you’re not there to do the job.

Pray about it. Spend some time reading your Bible and ask God to show you areas that you might be able to fill a need, and then tell us where you want to serve.

Our staff will do everything we can to equip you, and I promise that you will receive a greater blessing than the owners of the house you’re painting, the children you’re reading the story to, or the baby that you’re rolling the ball with—because that’s the way ministry works. With God, you get more than you give.

Jesus’ disciples—the same group of guys who had run, hid and even denied knowing Him at the time of the crucifixion, after they were filled with the Holy Spirit, were bold in their faith and did amazing things for God.

Acts 4:13, when Peter and John testified before the elders and teachers known as the Sanhedrin says, “When they (the Sanhedrin) saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

God wants to use Stonepoint Church to further His kingdom and bring glory to Himself. He wants to bring about change in Van Zandt County through our church that will make folks look at us and say “who are you people?” and “why are you doing this?” Then we can give them the simple answer “it’s because we’ve been with Jesus.”

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