We will never experience the fullness of God’s grace when preoccupied with ourselves. But when we relinquish our self-interests and focus on God and others, God is ready to pour out his generosity and kindness upon us.
The experience and exercise of God’s power among God’s people not only solves problems and meets needs within the church, but also connects us with God more intimately and demonstrates his power through the gospel.
A church empowered by the Holy Spirit can inspire respect, but it is even more noticeable when it serves its community and transforms the lives of real people by effectively communicating God’s good news.
God didn’t redeem us and call us as his servants because we were so impressive. He chose us out of his grace and love, the same grace and love that we are called to share with those around us.
God works in both prosperity and pain, and he generously provides us with the resources and strength we need to serve him well when we simply pray and ask.
Joint Service – 4th Plain Baptist & The Gathering Place – John 14:12-14
We can expect the faith and works of “normal” everyday Christians to have extraordinary impact for God’s Kingdom when they are Spirit-filled and functioning as God intends for the body of Christ.