THE BODY: MANY MEMBERS. ONE BODY.
MARCH 20, 2015
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ…" (1 Corinthians 12:12)
Dear Friend of Aspen Ridge Church,
I find today a significant interest in health and fitness of the human body. We live in a culture marked by people who exercise, ride bikes, climb 14’ers, play sports and workout with a personal trainer… all in the interest of a fit body. Since the human body is a unified whole, it is never more fit and healthy than its many and various parts.
Interestingly, the Bible describes God’s people like a human body. God is very interested in the health of the body as this is the instrument through which He does work in the world. The health of the whole body is directly related to the welfare of each individual member. In other words, the body is only as healthy as each individual member functions according to its design.
We are devoting this series to a thorough-going discussion about what it means to be a member of Christ’s body. We want to let the Scriptures define the expectations for the concept of membership in the local church. We will also invite everyone who is a part of Aspen Ridge Church to fulfill their role as a member of Christ’s body. In 1 Corinthians 12, we will learn that every believer has been given a spiritual gift(s) to use in God’s mission to the world. As managers of these gifts, the question is not IF I should exercise that gift, but WHERE. We ask you to prayerfully answer this question.
Beginning the weekend of April 11-12, packets will be handed out to all regular attendees. In the packet, you will find a menu of service opportunities for adults, youth and children. Also included are description statements for each service area. We ask that you review the list and prayerfully select an area(s) for ministry, marking your choice(s) on the Ministry Menu commitment form. As you look over your commitment form, remember that a check in a particular area indicates that you are willing to receive training for that ministry and then potentially serve in that area. This year, there is also an option to sign-up online. The easiest way to do this is by clicking here and choosing “Volunteer Sign-Up.”
On the weekend of May 16-17, it is important that you bring the completed Ministry Menu commitment form to our worship services. We will conclude with an opportunity for members of Christ’s body to make a commitment toward practical areas of service.
Those who respond will be contacted in June by a ministry team leader. They will provide additional information about ministry training. Our new ministry year will begin on September 1, 2015. Thank you for your vital role in Christ’s body as each member works together to fulfill God’s purpose in our world… inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ together.
Warmly, Pastor Jeff
An important question to ask is, “Where Should I Serve?” Allow us to offer four suggestions in determining your answer:
1) Aspen Ridge Church will host a small group entitled “The Bridge” beginning April 12. Among the subjects covered in this small group include an intentional look at how you are uniquely fashioned for fruitful ministry. This will include discovering your passions, spiritual gifts, and personal style. Please indicate your interest in “The Bridge” on a response tab in your bulletin or by calling the church office.
2) Reflect on WHO you are and HOW God has made you.
The spiritual gifts God has given you.
The natural talents you possess.
The kind of personality you have.
Your personal schedule.
Your spiritual maturity.
3) Read over the Ministry Description Statements.
Which areas interest you?
Consider the phase of commitment – the level of time investment and responsibility.
The Three Phases of Commitment:
Phase 1 – modest time investment with minimal responsibility
Phase 2 – moderate time investment with increased responsibility
Phase 3 – significant time investment with greater responsibility.
4) Pray earnestly regarding where God would have you serve. Many people can serve effectively in more than one area and are encouraged to do so.