Christ-honoring Service and the Soccer Field

Its been a while since I last wrote. The summer has been busy, and quite frankly, life with a 1 yr. old running around the house is anything but relaxing! Its great, but exhausting. My goal is to begin to post on Tuesdays, maybe more.

One of the fundamentals of our congregation is Christ-honoring service. We talk about it all the time. How do we honor Christ as we serve him in this world? Christian ministry takes place more outside side of the context of the congregation than it does inside it. As a congregation we are to be a launching pad to ministering to those outside the kingdom of Christ and so advance His kingdom. That’s one of the fundamentals of being a disciple of Christ. Jesus trained and commissioned his disciples to go and proclaim the kingdom of God while he was still with them (Luke 9:1-6; 10:1-12) and then after he ascended into Heaven (Matthew 28:18-20). One of the ways they were to proclaim his kingdom was through Christ-honoring service. This is true for us too. And so, since we hold this Christ-honoring as a fundamental of our congregation, we have challenged each other to honor Christ by investing our lives in avenues of service so as to proclaim the kingdom of Christ and to bring people into it.

And so, I was thrilled and encouraged greatly in the Lord when I read a piece in the Rock Hill Herald about one of our students, Peyton Marion. To impact the world for Christ, to invest in others, Peyton spear-headed an effort to collect soccer cleats for children in Liberia who do not have shoes and cleats in which to play the game they love. As I read the article two Bible verses came to mind — “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it in a matter worthy of the Lord” (Col. 3:17) and “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). Peyton put his faith to work. May we all be challenged and encouraged by Peyton’s example of faith in action — Christ-honoring service. Well done Peyton!

Check out the article here if you haven’t already seen it.

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