Celebrating 78 Years Of Ministry
To God Be The Glory
Current Sermon Series: Good News For All People
May 1: "Judging Others" Read Romans 2:1-11
Our new Music Minister, Leland Parks, has begun
his ministry. Join us for uplifting praise and worship.
Our new Children's Minister, Jenny Jackson, has begun
her ministry "His Kids". Bring your children to children's
church for worship, learning and fun.
Our new youth ministry: "youth 4 Him" has begun.
They will meet each Monday at 7 PM for grades 7 thru 12. Michael Morris is the leader. Join them for Bible study, field trips, sharing the love of God and possibly a sports team.
Each Tuesday - Prayer meeting in the chapel at 9:00 AM.
Exercise Class on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM. For men and women of all ages. Handicapped accessible.
Each Saturday - Men's Bible Study at 9:00 AM
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry is open to all who are in need.
Good actors immerse themselves in the character they are to play. They study the character and then try to be that person on the big screen. They attempt to think like that person, talk like that person, and react like that person. In essence, they attempt to be that person at least while shooting the movie. All good actors immerse themselves in their character. What if we took the same approach and had the same devotion in our attempt to be like Jesus? What if we studied his character and teachings so thoroughly that we were able to play his part in real life? Not that it would be an act; rather, it would become our everyday lifestyle. By the power of the Spirit, let us live a life that is fully immersed in the character of Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us that we are to be like Jesus. For instance, 1 Peter 2.21 talks about walking in the footsteps of Jesus. 1 John 2.6 says, “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” One of my favorite verses on this theme is Romans 13.14, which states, “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” The imagery here is that of putting on clothes. We are to put on Jesus Christ like clothes we wear. We are to wear him out into the world and let everyone see him in the way we live. We spend a lot of time in the morning getting dressed and ready to go to work. Do we spend that much time putting on Jesus in order to live like him that day?
It is not easy being like Jesus in this sinful world. It is much easier to be self-centered than to love others like Jesus loved us. Jesus is the greatest and highest example we could ever have. We will spend our whole lives attempting to live up to his holy character. Thankfully, though, he has given us his Spirit to help us. As believers, we have the Spirit of Jesus Christ living in us. His Spirit resides in us to help transform our character into the likeness of Jesus (2 Cor 3.17-18). Sometimes it is really hard. The Spirit strives with us to lay aside our selfish ambition and pride and put others before ourselves. Being like Jesus is not easy, but it is satisfying. To know that we have honored the Lord by choosing the Christlike reaction rather than a selfish reaction is rewarding indeed. In those moments we know that God is pleased with how we live.
Years ago it was popular to wear a bracelet that read, “WWJD.” The question was, “What would Jesus do?” Though the fad of wearing those bracelets is out, asking this question is not. Each day we should ask what Jesus would have us do with our day and what he would have us do in each situation we face. Asking that question can really simplify things. We are not sure what to do. Then we ask ourselves what Jesus would do, and it becomes clear. Jesus always did what honored God and what ministered to people. That is how we should live. We should clothe ourselves with Christ each day and wear him out into the world. When people see Jesus in our lives, they will listen to what we have to say.