If you would agree with me that God is intentional and purposeful about all that He does, then you would have to agree that God has placed our church in its location at 5660 West Henrietta Road. His purpose is that our church will become a shining light for the testimony of Jesus Christ. The question on my mind, is how we may best serve. God’s plan and purpose for His church? I have repeated this saying several times, we the members of our local church, are members of the body of Christ. When you belong to Christ, you are part of His body. He is the head. He leads the body, and He orchestrates its movements.
And you are connected not only to Him, but also to every other part of the body as well. As we read
in Scripture, "God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to
be" (1 Corinthians 12:18, NIV). As a believer, you have an important job to do. You have a major role to play in the Church of Jesus Christ. And it's the job of every believer to rightly discern his or her role in the plan of God and to serve with enthusiasm — no matter what job God asks you to do. Put it simply, you can function as the mouth piece, hand or feet for God in this world. Here is an important truth:
The body works best when all its parts work together. As believers, we are all different. We have different
gifts and abilities, and we have different jobs to do. (Romans 12:4-5, NIV). Some of us are by nature encouragers, while some have to make special effort. Nonetheless, it is required of us to encourage one another to become our better selves. St. Matthew 10:24-25 encourages us with the words: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Here are some recommendations for working with God to accomplish God’s plan and purpose for our church: 1) See yourself as the “core” of the church and can be counted on for your regular attendance; 2) Cultivate friendship with people who are Christians or church goers. People who do not attend church are likely to have plans that do not involve church. Guess what? You will miss church involvement far more than you would want to admit; 3) Call a neighbor a week in advance and invite them to accompany you to church and follow up with them throughout the week; 4) Call fellow church members who are weak in attendance and remind them about church worship service this coming Sunday. The truth is that fellow church members are less likely to be absent if they know somebody misses them; and 5) Pray daily for your church. Make intercessions daily for your pastor, moderator, deacons, choristers, and the various committees/boards. Let’s experience what God has in store for us at West Henrietta Baptist Church!
Let our song be: Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee!