The Gospel declares that everyone in need is our neighbor. In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus asked the expert in the law which of the three was a "neighbor" to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers. His answer: "The one who had mercy on him. Jesus response: "Go and do likewise" (Lk 10:37). Our response to this will have a huge significance on how God responds to us. This is what God values and our worship, our faith, and our personal lives will be enhanced as we learn to value what HE values. Romans 12:1 says... "Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, offer yourself as living sacrifices , holy and pleasing to God - which is your spiritual worship." Our worship is tied to offering ourselves.
I have some questions for you. Do you really want to follow Jesus? Do you really want to make your worship count? Do you really want your fasting to impact people? Do you really want to make disciples? Are you tired of ho-hum Christianity? Then... "Learn to do right! Seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:17) --Because how we treat those in need (our neighbor) is as much about the gospel and personal life change as it is about serving others.
As we "go and do likewise" God will change us, our church and many others.
Dan Barkholz -- ____________________________________________________________________
*From October 20 til November 20 we are urging you to serve together with your small group or join in with a group and offer yourselves as living sacrifices.
By Oct. 20th we would like each Small Group to also fill out a "Ready to Serve" card, so that others might have an opportunity to help you in serving.
*Funding available: As a church we want to invest in our small groups and help you be successful in going out and serving in our community, so the Missions Team has agreed to give up to $150 annually to each established Small Group at Pathfinder Church. Click HERE and fill out the form so that we can help.