At RBC, we believe God wants everyone to be connected to God, God's people and God's purpose. Once a week we take a look at some different ways we can connect to God's purpose. You might read a devotional, find a testimony, see an article or hear a sermon about connecting to God's purpose. Our hope and prayer is that in some small way these weekly posts will help you in your walk with Christ. Enjoy!
Today we will look at the third part of our church membership covenant: Connecting to God's Purpose.
I will seek to connect to God’s purposes…
Philippians 2:13 (NIV)
"...for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."
by becoming equipped to serve
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NASB)
"11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ..."
by developing a servant’s heart
Matthew 20:26-28 (NASB)
26 "It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
by sharing my faith regularly
Romans 10:14-15 (NASB)
14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"
by respecting our leaders
Hebrews 13:17 (NASB)
"Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you."
by doing my part to make disciples
Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB)
"18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
by inviting others to connect to our church
Psalm 95:6 (NASB)
"Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker."
Luke 14:12-14 (NASB)
12 And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. 13 "But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
by being a good steward of the resources God has entrusted to me
1 Peter 4:10 (NASB)
"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
Proverbs 3:9 (NASB)
"Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce..."
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NASB)
"6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."