Believe it or not, the Fall season is upon us, and our September calendar is already filled up with several Bible studies, classes, and wonderful events, all intended to help you grow in your faith. However, it’s important to keep in mind that knowledge itself without loving obedience to God and service to others is meaningless! What are some of the ways you can begin to “put hands and feet” to your Christian faith? What might it look like for you to “work out” what God has “worked in?”
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence… For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. – Philippians 2:12-13 NLT
Let me suggest how you can begin to exercise true faith in practical ways that will truly be a blessing to the Lord and others.
Serve in some new area of ministry here at Calvary.
Needs and opportunities abound! Can you sing or play an instrument? Why not try the worship team? Don’t assume, “Oh, they probably have that covered.” No! We would love to have more than one group to help share the privilege of leading others in worship. The good folks you see up front faithfully serving each week would happily welcome other musicians and vocalists who love Jesus and have a heart to serve. Don’t make assumptions. Muster up some courage, take the initiative, and go have a chat with Pastor Andy, our worship leader. He will answer any questions that you have about the worship team, and auditions are always open.
Do you care about kids? Why not check out children’s or youth ministry? Kari Krausmann (Children’s Ministry), and Pastor Tom (Middle School Ministry) are the faithful folks in charge – so go talk to them! Our kids are a precious gift from the Lord and our most important collective responsibility. No church should ever have a shortage of help when it comes to children’s ministry. One more thing: don’t be surprised if you receive more blessing than you give. Kids just have a way of being awesome in different ways at every age!
Are you artistic, creative, or gifted in a particular trade (e.g. painters, builders, interior design, etc.)? You may see things about our facility that can be updated or improved to make it more inviting, or simply help us in practical ways to serve this congregation better. Speak up! Step up! Roll your sleeves up! Chances are, most of what you see around here that is attractive or useful, some volunteer or group of volunteers accomplished once upon a time. We wouldn’t have what we have if people like you didn’t take some ownership and initiative to use their gifts in that particular way. We welcome your participation in what the Lord is doing here at Calvary.
Space does not permit me to describe in detail the dozens of ministries you can be a part of, but here is just a sample list: Legacy Family Ministry, Thurston County Jail Ministry, Ushers & Greeters Ministry, Security Team, Sound & Video, Social Media, Counseling & Discipling, Life Groups, Website, Men’s & Women’s Ministries, Military Ministry, and a whole lot more, including the possibility of something NEW the Lord might put on your heart.
Join a small group.
There are plenty to choose from (Life Groups, Men’s or Women’s Bible Study) because we understand everyone has different needs, interests, and schedules. It’s good to be a regular church attender, and my hope is that you always go away from any of our regular services well-loved and well-fed. However, it’s also important that you learn to feed yourself (spiritually), so we offer different kinds of studies and classes to help you learn how to read, understand, and apply the Bible to your life.
In addition to personal Bible study, small groups encourage meaningful relationships. There are some great conversations that can take place at church, but deep and lasting friendships take time to develop, so getting together with other believers on a regular basis in homes is important. It is the key to learning how to love, serve, and pray for one another.
Start giving to the Lord’s work.
It’s important for all of us to participate financially in helping to support the ministry of Calvary Chapel here locally and around the world. By God’s grace, for nearly 35 years, our church has been able to bless many of the neediest in this community. We also regularly help those who have needs in this congregation, and support missionaries in nine different countries. All of this has only been possible through the regular generosity of faithful believers who take seriously Jesus’ call to love one another.
Pray regularly for our CCO staff and this church body.
It’s been said that prayer is like “spiritual breathing,” and this is so very true. Without it, we simply cannot live and thrive the way God intends. Please join us in praying individually and corporately. Besides being necessary, it is faith building to see regular answers to prayer in the lives, families, and ministries of so many here at Calvary.
Share your “faith story” with someone who doesn’t yet know Jesus.
Just like prayer and Bible study, telling others what Jesus has done in our lives is indispensable to our spiritual growth. As you venture out in this area of faith, keep in mind, you don’t have to tell people what you don’t know; just share what you do know! Has Jesus made a difference in your life? Tell someone! And watch how the Lord uses you to lead others to the Savior.
Reach out to others who are new to CCO.
This is a simple thing, but so personal and powerful. What a joy for me to hear from others who are new to Calvary how friendly our church is! When you take time to introduce yourself, remember someone’s name, or invite him or her over to your home, you demonstrate the love of Christ. It is the practical evidence of the Spirit’s work in you.
We thank the Lord for all He is doing in our fellowship, as each person learns to see their role in the Calvary Chapel family. My prayer is that this would be a year of tremendous personal progress in your faith journey as you learn to trust the Lord, working out what He, by His Spirit, has worked in!
- See the back of our church bulletin or “Contents” page in the Connection for contact info for any member of our staff.
- Fill out a Connection Card, available on the back of the chairs in our sanctuary. Drop a completed card in the offering boxes located in the back of the sanctuary or the lobby. A member of our staff will contact you.
- Call the church office and our church secretary, Tanya Mackey, can help you get involved.