Serving to bring life.
This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need but closes his eyes to his need – how can God’s love reside in him? Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.
I John 3:16-18
At Cornerstone Church, Christ-followers are taught and encouraged to contribute to the needs of others by giving of their time, energy and resources. We naturally enjoy serving within our church and connection groups. But as God’s people, we are also called to bring the good news of the Gospel through proclamation and demonstration. We go outside our church walls and form relationships with our neighbors. When the opportunity arises, we serve people the rest of society tends to overlook…the poor, the vulnerable, and the powerless. The “poverty-impacted.”
In fact, throughout the Bible, God continually denounces religious activity that does not give attention to the poor or marginalized (Isaiah 58:1-3, 5-7, James 1:27, 1 John 3:16-18). Jesus himself spent time with outcasts (lepers), powerless (children), and “sinners”. He did this because it was integral to his mission to “seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10). There is not one of us who can reach all of these people and solve all of the issues we see around us, but as individuals within a larger church body, we can each find our place. We know we are no more better than anyone else, but we also know that the Lord has given us gifts that we can steward for His purposes. By laying ourselves down to serve humbly, we can demonstrate our understanding of God’s undeserved love toward us.
The main goal of our local missions ministry is to establish long-term relationships with people in our community by being a caring, gospel-fueled neighbor. I pray that you would consider where you may want to enter in and begin sharing your life in this way!
Local Missions Leader