Serving and the House Church

So that. Two simple words, yet, they have the power to change the life of a Christian from spectator to participant in faith. This little phrase connects worship and study to the third major part of house churches, service. We worship and we study so that we are ready to serve others. You see, as much as God desires our worship and our study of the Bible as a way to love him, he also desires that we love his people (read the entire world) as much as he does so that we are his will in the world. God’s will for people to find forgiveness and release from guilt and shame by coming to know his son, Jesus. God’s will for people to care for one another other across economic, cultural, ethnic, racial and any other lines that we have drawn in the sand to divide us. God’s will for the world to more and more show his justice, mercy, peace and love through what he helps us do to make the world a more just, merciful and peaceful place, thus more loving. And, God’s will for his Spirit to makeover of our hearts and our lives, so that serving others isn’t about showing up to do our duty but rather about loving those we serve so much that we couldn’t imagine not helping; that we are ready to set aside our needs to serve theirs first, so that they can see the love of God. That’s service worth doing.

About Rev Uch

I'm a United Methodist pastor serving Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa, Florida. My husband and I have been here since July 2016. We are thrilled to be back in this area closer to most of our immediate family. In Tampa on a Sunday? Stop by one of our six weekly services. Find out more at www.hydeparkumc.org/worship.
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2 Responses to Serving and the House Church

  1. Nancy McDonald says:

    I’ve been reading a few of your posts, and this one especially struck a chord with me. Some people may think I enjoy serving because I like the social part of it and yes, that does make it more enjoyable. The truth is though that I have been on the “needy” side of life myself emotionally, so perhaps I’m more in tune with serving and loving those who may feel isolated and alone. My problem in the area of serving is more in line with getting out of my comfort zone. Mission trips are just one example. I guess I need to pray about this!
    Thanks for giving me new food for thought, Kim. I’m enjoying reading your posts.

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  2. Amber says:

    Amen amen amen amen! Can we all please just get out of all the expectations, rules and regulations and just care for one another?

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