September 14 we began our study of 8 one another commands of the New Testament with “serve one another,” which comes from Gal. 5:13-14, “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” When we serve we put our love in action, we do it. Pray that God would lead you to help someone today in a practical way. Is there someone you can help in our church? Or it might be volunteering at Care Corps with meals or working on a Habitat house. Pastor Brad has opportunities to work with people right here in Fremont. You don’t have to leave town to be a missionary.
But foreign missions and missionaries are important. In October we take the World Mission Offering and our theme this year is, RISE TO THE CHALLENGE using the Macedonian call as our main scripture. It comes from Acts 16:9 when the apostle Paul had a vision during the night with a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’” Some scholars think that that man from Macedonia was Luke himself, who joins the missionary team after that. We have a DVD we will be showing that shows the plight of the youth of Macau, China and how we (the ABCUSA) are rising to the challenge to share the love of Jesus. I know our church is great in supporting our four American Baptist Offerings. Usually we go way over our goal because we are people that care.
Remember Acts 1:8 when Jesus challenged his disciples to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria and to the very ends of the earth. They were to start right where they were. Truth.