Why should we serve?

  • We were created to serve. “He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.”—Ephesians 2:10
  • He has gifted us to serve. “Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything…”—1 Peter 4:10-11
  • Serving follows the example of Christ. “Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”—Matthew 20:28
  • We need each other to serve. “The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.”—1 Corinthians 12:25-26
  • We serve God by serving others. “Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.”—Colossians 3:22-25
  • Serving makes our life meaningful. “With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.”—1 Corinthians 15:58
  • Serving shows that we love. “…Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom….”—Galatians 5:13-15

Note: All scripture quotes are from The Message Bible.

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OUR IMMEDIATE NEEDS

  • Lesson Readers: Individuals to peruse and comment on lessons for the Correspondence Course written in Spanish. This can be done in your own home at your convenience, but in a timely manner.
  • Translator: An individual to translate our Facilitator Training Correspondence Course from English into Spanish.
  • Group Leaders/Facilitators: Individuals to lead/facilitate groups in the Marion Correctional Institution (men’s prison), the Lowell Correctional Institution (women’s prison), and the Marion County Jail (for men and women)
  • Donations: A donation of $100.00 will provide 25 books for inmates

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Lesson Readers: to peruse and comment on lessons for the Correspondence Course. This can be done in your own home at your convenience, but in a timely manner. (English or Spanish)
  • Translator: to translate the Facilitator Training Correspondence Course from English into Spanish
  • Group Leaders/Facilitators: to form new groups within communities, churches, and correctional facilities
  • Office Volunteers: to assist with various office duties
  • Donations: a donation of $100.00 will provide 25 books for inmates