Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
I was reading in the book of Titus today when something I read stuck in my mind. As many of you know, yesterday was “Stonepoint Serves” day. I read the posts and even saw some pictures of our January 2016 School of Discipleship class helping. That made my heart glad to see.
As I was reading this morning, I came across Titus 3:8–“This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds (works). These are good and profitable for men.” As I read this it made me think of what went on yesterday at Stonepoint. Whether we realize it or not, it is what God would have us as a body be doing. The people that are served may or may not be thankful, and some could even be hostile at times. But God would have us serve them anyway. As part of my reading today I read the following paragraph in a commentary on Titus by a man named Warren Wiersbe. I like a lot of his writings and here is what he says about Titus 3:8:
“Good works (deeds)’ do not necessarily mean religious works or church work. It is fine to work at church, sing in the coir, and hold an office; but it is also good to serve our unsaved neighbors, to be helpful in the community, and to have a reputation for assisting those in need. Babysitting to relieve a harassed young mother is just as much a spiritual work as passing out a gospel tract. The best way a local church has to witness to the lost is through the sacrificial service of its members.”
If you have been reading these posts, you have probably read that I have been intrigued by the unique things that Stonepoint does to get the Gospel out to the community. The event that you participated in yesterday is another one of these unique things. I have been in churches that have events to help church members in need or even other Christian ministries. but this is the first time I have been involved in a church where a day was set aside just go out and help in the general community. Please know, this is not a time to be proud or brag. But it is a time to be joyful that we obeyed God’s Word. It matters not whether anyone in the community was grateful or not. God will bring in whatever fruit He desires.
So I would like to just say thank you, Stonepoint, for taking part of your normal Sunday to serve the community. God will use it for His glory. I pray that we as a body will be known as a church that serves. God bless you!