Celebrating The God We Serve

Today’s message summary from Pastor Gus Brown:

Today it is not about celebrating Roger and Barb (who are leaving and moving to Denver)–it is about celebrating the God that they serve…the One we are to serve. He has worked continually in their lives, and they are our example of how to live godly lives before others.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

Roger and Barb became new creatures in Jesus Christ when they acknowledged Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. God brought about the change in their lives that each of us can see today.

True love for a spouse can be a deeper love with the appreciation of the godly love from Jesus Christ. It is a choice that has to be made.

Colossians 3:1
So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.

Roger and Barb have lives of service
that reflect their love for Jesus Christ. They set their lives before Him in service and in expressing themselves as people of godly dedication. Many times, they are first to arrive at church on Sunday mornings and often the last to leave. Their life is hidden in Christ.

Roger and Barb’s gift of service has always been very apparent.

Romans 12:7
…if service, in service;
if teaching, in teaching

A servant is always humble and appreciative of how God has blessed his efforts. They minister to others and are obedient to Him.

Galatians 5:13
For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.

Roger and Barb exercise faithfulness. When they say they will do something–they will do it. I’m sure that they learned all of this from The Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful; you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2
1 A person should consider us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of God’s mysteries. 2 In this regard, it is expected of managers that each one of them be found faithful.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

God has a perfect plan for each of us. In God’s hands, we will always have a future. If we trust in Him and in His plans, He will give us rest and contentment because of our confidence that He is in control. When you live a life of faithfulness to God, you will be surprised at what you will accomplish.


About melvingaines

I am a communications professional, author and speaker with years of experience as a business owner and corporate supervisor. My philosophy is “excellence in leadership-by-example with integrity and without compromise.” I am a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and served as President of the National Association of Credit Management, Greater Akron (OH). I have also held memberships with the American Collectors Association International, Inc. and the Commercial Law League of America. I am Church Administrator and Sunday school instructor at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church in Akron, Ohio. I have taught adult Sunday school for over 25 years and facilitated numerous bible studies and church cell group sessions. Every now and then, I fill in for the pastor with a sermon. I am a longtime advocate of Christian-based elementary and high school education. I am a graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Business and Organizational Communication, and recently earned a Master’s degree in Christian Studies at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. I am also a member of the Chaplains Association of Ohio, and involved in Clinical Pastoral studies for possible full or part-time chaplaincy. I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio and I am married to my lovely childhood sweetheart, Lynn. View all posts by melvingaines

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