This past weekend, Robin Mark led worship for us and I had the opportunity to preach to a full house at Mascenic High School. I was so blessed to be a part of such a fantastic weekend with great people who serve an amazing God. Here are a few of my thoughts about this past weekend along with a big thank-you to all of you who helped out.
PROVE IT! (Phil. 1:27-30)
The one thing I didn’t realize about my sermon this past Sunday was that the challenge had already been answered by so many of you. I challenged everyone there at the service on Sunday to prove their faith in Jesus by their works (James 2:18). We closed out Philippians Chapter 1 by focusing on verse 27, where the Bible says, “Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ.” That means to be a good citizen because our “citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). So since we serve Christ first, we should seek to live in a way that is consistent with the gospel message. When a body of believers seeks to do this, it brings unity in the gospel because everyone stands firm “in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).
What I realized after preaching this message and evaluating the concert, was that so many of you lived out your faith that very weekend. As a church, you jumped in and did not just sit back. You did not seek to do “good works” out of some legalistic requirement, but rather you served up your talents and time as an offering to the Lord (2 Tim. 1:6). So thank you all for ministering in a way that was “worthy of the gospel of Christ”.
A Big Thank-You:
I am grateful to Robin for coming to Hope Fellowship Church with a servant’s heart. In his words, he was no” diva.” He was simply a man with a song to sing to his Lord. I know Robin was a huge encouragement to me as a young elder at our church. I was edified by his teaching and the advice he gave me throughout the weekend. He taught us “Why We Worship” through his words, songs, and actions.
Our volunteers served with such willingness I can’t even begin to describe it. So many of you showed up and pitched in wherever was needed. Wherever and whenever there was something to be done, there was a hand to do so. Those of you who helped with design, set-up, clean-up, food prep, ushers, sound board, slides, and so many others… thank-you!
You represented Christ in both your preparation and performance. Not that the concert was a “performance”, per se, but you used your talents to share your love for Christ’s gospel and His church. It was evident to all who attended, saved and unsaved, that you love Jesus and you want others to know about Him. You sought to remove any distractions from the gospel message on Saturday and Sunday by preparing and practicing in order to do your best for God’s glory. You have not wasted the talents God has given you but have maximized them for your Master’s use. Cale and Mike– thank-you for your immense planning and your (often unseen) efforts both behind and on stage to make this concert excellent.
Chad and Doug and so many others logged a tremendous amount of time behind the scenes. Chad had a plan for every detail, and Doug was determined to make it happen. And when we didn’t have a solution to a problem (like the air conditioning), God did. So thank you to all who helped out in the planning and organizing phases of this event. You contributed many hours of leg-work to get things done in order for this concert to happen.
The events of the weekend are over, but God still has much for us to do for His glory, so His work goes on. Continue to pray for our church and the spread of the gospel in the Monadnock region.
in and through Christ,
(if you missed the service this past Sunday listen to it here: http://www.hfcnh.org/sermons.htm)