Friday, November 16, 2018

Top Ten Things I'm Thankful For #5 - A church family that pushes us to growth

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13

I've written a few entries on specific services and ministries I love about our church, but I want to take a step further back.  In that series, I've specifically avoided discussing the fundamentals (ministers, preaching, teaching, worship, etc) of our church because those are things that any healthy church should be doing well.  I wanted to highlight unique and different things that our church does, showing my appreciation for the "outside of the box" ministries.  Today, I want to express my gratitude for a church that is striving to meet those fundamentals and doing it well.  I want to say thank you for having a great church home in Stonepoint Church, Wills Point.

I am thankful for having godly leadership in those on staff at the church.  I am thankful that they take serious their duties as shepherd to the flock entrusted in their care.  I'm grateful to get to know and serve along beside them.

I'm thankful for Biblical teaching grounded in the Truth and not on feeling, politic, or tradition.  For pastors who will proclaim the Truth that needs to be heard and not falling into either trap of too much "truth" or too much "love."

I'm thankful for a church that calls us all to action.  That requires service.  And reminds us that we all have a function and purpose to play within the body, however small, however remote, however unseen or unsung.

I'm thankful for a church that pushes its members to growth.  That checks in on our progress regularly and holds us to development in our faith.

I'm thankful for a church that works with other churches in the community.  I'm especially grateful to have seen the turnout and unity at the community service on Sunday.

I'm thankful for a church that knows how to celebrate and that has fun.  From baptism, to family worship, to Facebook challenges, and blooper reels, I'm grateful for a church that shows its enjoyment in life and spending time together.  If we believers are family now and will spend eternity together, we should probably start learning to enjoy each others' company now.

I'm grateful to be in a church that is alive in the Spirit of God, for the sad fact is that there are many, many churches across this nation and the globe that are not.

So, to the members and staff of Stonepoint Church, thank you!  Your spirit and service are recognized and appreciated.

If you are looking for a church home, to find a place to truly connect and dig in deeper, you can find out more about Stonepoint here.

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