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Responsibilities Within the Family

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"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:10

At Hope Church, we are a family. And just like we have responsibilities within our physical family, as part of God's family, we too have a responsibility to one another. One of those responsibilities is to serve one another with the grace gift that God has given each of us. You see, we need to begin to see the church not as a place that exists to meet our personal needs, but as a community where Christ in us can meet the needs of others around us. That means that we must be on the lookout to see how we can bless others within the family of God by serving them. If you are an encourager, who can you speak a word of encouragement and comfort to? If you have the gift of hospitality, who can you invite into your home to enjoy a meal together? If you have the gift of leadership, how can you use your influence to lead in ministry?

Prayer:

Are you aware of the needs of those around you? How might God want to use you to help meet those needs?

Loving Loudly

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"If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:1-2

We've all been in a room where loud music was playing while we are trying to have a conversation. Try, as we might, not much useful communication will happen while the noise persists. The Bible says this is how our effectiveness for the kingdom works. All of our gifts, skill and charisma actually hurt our witness if an essential thing is not present: love. Jesus laid the foundation for Paul writing this to Corinthians when He said, "Love the Lordlove your neighbor (Mark 12:30-31)." If we're not careful, our spiritual maturity and biblical knowledge will begin to take center stage as the "important things" in our relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ. May we love loudly so that our lives and our relationships don't become that crowded room where not much useful communication can happen.

Prayer:

"Do you love your brothers and sisters in Christ? Who can you text or call right now to encourage?

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