This past Sunday, we launched oakleafchurch.com/sayyes as a way to be proactive about addressing needs within our church and our community. We are asking everyone to “say yes” and help us fulfill our mission to prove God’s love.
While some parts of the Bible might be confusing, some are absolutely crystal clear. For example, did you know there are more than 300 verses in the Bible on helping others? Over 3,000 times there is some kind of reference to the helpless and destitute. It is one of the most covered subject in the Bible.
There is zero confusion about God’s compassion for his creation, especially for those that can not help themselves. The vehicle God often uses to meet those needs is us. We can not deny it. We can not escape it. And we most assuredly can not ignore it. Read Peter’s words to Christians throughout the Roman Empire.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 4:10-11
Peter is telling his readers that everyone has a unique gift, skill, resource, talent, passion, strength, that has been given by God to be used for God. When we utilize what God has given to us to give back to others, we prove his love and bring him glory. When we serve one another because we know it is serving God, we prove his love and bring him glory. When we leverage all we have to steward the grace of God, we prove his love and bring him glory (Matt 25:40). This is called putting your “yes” on the table. Peter is saying, “say yes.”
Every single disciple of Jesus should be saying “yes” to something. They should be using their time, talent, and treasure as a means to share the gospel and grow the kingdom of God. Every. Single. One. Unfortunately, we know that is not true. We know there are some who expect others to do it, some who don’t think they can do it, and even others who flatly refuse to do it.
As a church, we strive to equip disciples to prove God’s love by using their time, talents, and treasures as a means of sharing the gospel and growing the Kingdom of God. We weekly respond to God’s love together in worship, have several options to explore God’s love together in groups, and create regular opportunities to display God’s love through action in the community.
We will never stop pushing Oak Leaf Church to be different, to be better, to be more. It is our mission to prove God’s love. We can not do that solely from a comfy seat. We will can not do that in only one hour a week. We can not do that with a handful of feet (Rom 10:15). That is why we created more intentional groups. That is why we are opening The Oak House. That is why we look for opportunities to serve the community.
The more we prove God’s love, the more people see how real and relevant it truly is and are changed by his love forever. The more people that are changed by his love, the more opportunities to prove his love. It is a never ending mission. As we fulfill our mission we grow as a church; a body of believers. As we grow, we have new and increasing needs right along the new and increasing opportunities.
My prayer is that as we communicate needs in our church and our community, you will ask yourself if there is an opportunity for you to use your gifts to serve and help us fulfill our mission. Let’s commit to prove God’s love. Let’s all do something. Let’s all say yes!
Go to oakleafchurch.com/sayyes and discover what you can say “yes” to today.