As I reflect on the last few months I praise the Lord for all He is doing in the hearts and lives of people in this city and church; revealing himself through Spirit and scripture. There was a real shift in the atmosphere a few Sundays ago as we broke bread as family and served one another. The real highlight for me was when Tom gave a cautionary ‘NO, NO, NO, being a Christian is not just about being a nice person!’. Instead he challenged and called us; empowered by the Holy Spirit to show love in service to others because Jesus first showed us love by becoming obedient to death on a cross.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” In his letter to the Galatians Paul doesn't beat around the bush in reminding them, (and us) that we must walk in step with the Spirit, serving one another and living holy lives. It’s really important on a regular basis that we take stock on how we are using our freedom in Christ. (Galatians 5) .
Thank you so much to all those people who faithfully serve in this church, we really couldn't do the things we do. Unashamedly I ask you to take stock and consider how you could serve the people of Pip n Jay and beyond.
One of the biggest things we struggle with as a church is having sufficientcommitted and passionate volunteers to do all we believe the Lord is calling us to. There is a huge variety of ways you can show love and use your God given skills in service here at Pip n Jay. We have volunteers that help behind the scenes making sure all the facilities are in good order and stocked up, those that help with odd jobs around the site and those that keep all our accounts and finance in order as well as volunteers that serve the homeless community on the Soup Run, lead connect group bible studies and lead community groups. Whatever your thing might be, whether you are gifted as a leader or as a carpenter or an artist or a writer or a singer or a web designer or an accountant or a gardener or a barista or a chef or a blogger or a historian, whatever it is, I ask you to consider and pray how you could use your gift at or with people from Pip n Jay. Talk to one of the leaders and commit to putting it into action.