Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 Corinthians 12:12, 1 Corinthians 12:15–12:18, 1 Corinthians 12:27, 1 Peter 4:10–4:11, Ephesians 4:11–4:12,
A five-week series diving deep into our five defining values as a church--the distinguishing characteristics that shape Hopevale.
Equality in the Church
EQUAL ACCESS to worship God.
EQUAL POTENTIAL to serve God.
This is the message of the equality we have in Jesus Christ that God showed us in the Bible, reaffirmed to us through the Protestant Reformation, and still holds true for our lives today.
1 Timothy 2:5 NIV
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
Hopevale DNA: Our 5 Defining Values
“Hopevale DNA” explains what’s most important to us as a church in how we approach life and ministry. These 5 defining values shape things like how we conduct ourselves, how we treat others, how we function as a church family, how we live out our faith beyond the four walls of our church.
1. Focused Faith
2. Authentic Love
3. Mutual Respect
4. Shared Ministry
5. Servant Leadership
These are the qualities that make us us.
Review: (1) Focused Faith
FOCUSED FAITH means keeping the main thing the main thing. We can’t let secondary issues distract us from what matters most.
Review: (2) Authentic Love
AUTHENTIC LOVE means we practice what we preach and put feet to our faith. We don’t just talk the talk, but we also walk the walk.
Review: (3) Mutual Respect
MUTUAL RESPECT means living out the Golden Rule by treating others the way we want them to treat us.
THIS WEEK: (4) Shared Ministry
SHARED MINISTRY means everybody is doing something rather than some people doing everything.
Doesn’t matter your age, gender, martial status, personality, temperament, and whether or not you have a formal title like "pastor," we’re all called into His service to make a contribution in our church and to make a difference in our world. Why? Because all Christians have equal potential to serve God.
1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:15-18 NIV
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
Shared Ministry in Action
If you’ve never served here before, take a step of INITIAL INVOLVEMENT.
If you’re presently serving here, take a step of GREATER INVOLVEMENT.
To take your next step, fill out an involvement card. Talk to a staff member or ministry leader out in the church lobby today. Visit the INFO DESK. Check out Pastor Ken's "The Spirit and His Gifts" class which begins tonight (March 4) at 6:00pm at our Saginaw Campus.
It's not too early to think about Easter! Check out this link for details about our Easter services in Saginaw and Bay City.
It doesn’t matter your age, gender, marital status, personality and temperament—we’re all called to make a contribution in this church and to make a difference in the world. Pastor Dan
1. Church reformers like Martin Luther taught the “priesthood of all believers” - that every Christian has equal access to God and equal potential to serve God. Where are you on the spectrum of “all believers OR pastors only”? Respond to the questions below and find out.
* Do you believe Community Groups can/should take communion together in a home? Why or why not?
* Do you think one believer (non-clergy) can/should baptize another believer? Why or why not?
* What should only ordained pastors do that lay members should not do in serving God? Explain.
2. How do your answers align with what these Scriptures teach?
* Matthew 23:8-11
* 1 Peter 2:9-10
* Acts 17:11-12
* Ephesians 4:11-16
3. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, which describe the church as one body with many different parts. What does that mean and how should it work out practically in our church?
4. God doesn’t waste anything. What talents/skills, experiences, training has God given you to bless others? Do you know your spiritual gift? What do others in your group think it is?
5. How are you serving right now in your Community Group, on Sundays, in the community? What are ways you could serve—or could serve more effectively?