• Katie Bock

Dec. 1 - Matt Moore, Front Row to the God Show

Sunday, we got a visit Newstart’s favorite guest pastor, Matt Moore. Those who never met him before were in for a treat! Matt continued with part two on our series on serving by starting out with a story from the book of John.

John 2:1-11 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

The master of the banquet enjoyed the wine, but had no idea what had actually taken place. This is Jesus’s first recorded miracle in the bible and the only witnesses were His mother and the servants. It’s likely most of the party guests paid no attention to the servants. The servants didn’t receive glory or accolades or even a glass of wine, but though the simple act of being there to serve, they got something so much better. They were the first to witness a true miracle.

1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

When you take part in the community, relationships, conversations and service that God puts in your path, you will see his creation firsthand. Lives will be changed, relationships restored, addictions broken, and non-believers will find their way to Christ, all through your simple act of serving and sharing in their lives.

We are God’s handiwork, each of us with unique gifts He prepared in advance for us. If you’ve taken the opportunity to use your gifts to serve others, you know the joy that comes along with it. In doing what God created you to do, you experience a peace like no other. You can’t help but grow spiritually!

James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

God didn’t designed us to live a life of faith OR serving – He created us for both. If you feel God calling you to service but aren’t sure where to start, please text “Serve” to 33777 to get information on various ministries throughout Newstart. If you’re interested in serving Delaware County by volunteering with Common Ground Free Store, Sourcepoint, or HCO’s Community Meal, click here for details!

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