One of the most popular forms of ministry today is the ministry that makes a big splash, garners a lot of attention, and possibly gets reported in the news.
And while good does come from “Go Big” forms of ministry, there are other ways to love others like Jesus. If we think the big splash ministry is the only way to minister, then we will ignore all the small, effective, practical ways of loving others that might actually make more tangible and lasting impact on the lives of others for the Kingdom of God. This is partly why Jesus spoke of giving a cup of cold water in His name (Matt 10:42) and liked the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed (Matt 13;31-32).
It is often the small, easy, affordable, insignificant, simple acts of love and kindness that do the most to help people experience the love of Jesus through your life.
What sort of things? Below are practical ways to love others like Jesus. There are hundreds of such ways to show love. They are not things you necessarily have to do, but are simply offered as examples.
If we want to simply love others, then we can love others simply
Ways to Love Others Like Jesus
Love the person right in front of you. There is so much pain and loneliness in the world, you can be pretty sure the person next to on the bus or the checker at the grocery store could use a kind word, a smile, or a helping hand. Get off your cell phone and talk to them. Get to know them. Ask them how their day is going… and mean it. Remember their name.
Take food to your neighbors. Like what? Nothing fancy… a plate of cookies, a loaf of fresh-baked bread. When you give it to them, don’t drop it in their arms and run. Stand and talk for a bit if they seem to want that. Don’t invite yourself in and don’t invite them to church. Just be friendly.
Have neighbors over for dinner or dessert. Don’t make it formal or fancy. Just pizza and pop. Or BBQ and beer. Don’t try to turn it into a Bible study. Just laugh, tell stories, and listen.
Hand out homeless bags to people you see on the street. We carry 2-3 bags around in our car and hand out them out when we see people begging on street corners. The ones we hand out contain a tarp, a pair of socks, some non-perishable food, a bottle of water, a scarf, and whatever else we can find.
Watch the children of single mothers so they can go shopping alone. Or, men, offer watch all the kids so your wife and the other woman can go get some coffee and chat.
Take up gardening so you can talk to your neighbor who is all alone.
When you take your kids to activities, don’t retreat to your car and listen to the radio or text on your cell phone. Stick around and talk with any other parents who are there.
Help raise money to rescue girls in slavery. Sell candy or treats, not for a trip overseas, but to raise money to rescue girls from slavery or some other human need.
Help a missionary family overseas by doing things they cannot do where they are. Download podcasts and load hundreds of them on a CD and send it to them. Help them set up and run a blog. Send them clothes and crafts they cannot get overseas.
Volunteer to help feed the poor and homeless in your area. Bring crafts to do with the children.
Buy food for a homeless person on the street, and then sit and talk with them while they eat (If they don’t mind). Hug them!
Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The fist little tree looked up at the stars and said: ” I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”
The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it’s way to the ocean. ” I want to be traveling might waters and caring powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!
The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.
Years, passed. The rain came, the sun shone and the little trees grew tall. One day three wood cutters climbed the mountain. The first wood cutter looked at the first tree and said, “This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shinning ax, the first tree fell. “Now I shall make a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!” the first tree said.
The second wood cutter looked at the second tree and said, “This tree is strong. It’s perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shinning ax, the second tree fell. “Now I shall sail mighty waters!” thought the second tree. ” I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!”
The third tree felt her heart sink when the last wood cutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the wood cutter never even looked up. “Any kind of tree will do for me.” He muttered. With a swoop of his shinning ax, the third tree fell.
The fist tree rejoiced when the wood cutter brought her to a carpenter’s shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feed box for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, or treasure. She was coated with saw dust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals. The second tree smiled when the wood cutter took her to a shipyard, but no might sailing ship was made that day. Instead the one strong tree was hammered and awed into a simple fishing boat.
She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river, instead she was taken to a little lake. The third tree was confused when the wood cutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. “What happened?” The once tall tree wondered. ” All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God…”
Many days and nights passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feed box. “I wish I cold make a cradle for him.” Her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and sturdy wood. ” This manger is beautiful.” She said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.
One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and a thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She new she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through the wind and the rain. The tired man awoke. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, “Peace.” The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.
One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten wood pile. She flinched as she was carried through and angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man’s hand to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.
The next time you are disappointed because you didn’t get what you wanted, sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.
The IBC Ladies Discipleship Ministry meets every 2nd and 4th. Thursday at 11:00 AM and at 7:00 PM…
They will be making their way through the book, “Secrets of a Happy Heart.”
“Secrets of a Happy Heart” is the first book in an 8-part study based on Titus 2:4-8. Through practical, in-depth application of Scripture, Debi insightfully outlines God’s “secrets” for happiness. This study covers topics such as genuine happiness versus false happiness, a happy heart versus an empty heart, a clear conscience versus a guilty conscience, forgiveness versus bitterness, trust versus anger, and contentment versus selfishness and pride. After reading this book, you will find that a joyful life is possible and is available for all who obey God and His Word.
Because He Lives!
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Immanuel Baptist Church would like to extend an invitation for you to join us for the IBC choir Easter cantata, Because He Lives.
Because He Lives is a dynamic glorification of the cross, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Based upon one of the most-loved songs of all time, this inspirational service of song and scripture will be sure to remind you of the glorious meaning of Easter and why it is imperative to understand the impact of His death and resurrection for all mankind.
BECAUSE HE LIVES!
Master’s Men’s Ministry Classes
The men meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 8:00 pm. They will be making the way through the book “The Man in the Mirror.”
“The Man in the Mirror” has established itself as a cornerstone in men’s literature since its 1989 release. Winner of the prestigious Gold Medallion Award and appearing on the bestseller list eighteen times, it has helped thousands of men understand the person who stares back at them from the glass each morning and know what to do about his twenty-four most difficult problems. Written by a foremost Christian men’s leader, this powerful book invites men to take a probing look at their identities, relationships, finances, time, temperament, and most important, the means to bring about lasting change. If life’s demands are constantly pressuring you to run faster and jump higher, this book is for you.
Please join us March 19th-20th for a Spring Renewal with Kerby Campbell.
On February 17, 2010, Pastor Campbell went in for a routine knee surgery not knowing that when he came out his life would be forever changed.
After a failed spinal epidural, he would be diagnosed with a condition called arachnoiditis ~ which is a lifetime of severe pain, every day, with no cure.
In 2013, due to the stress and trauma of his condition, he suffered a heart attack.
Realizing that God makes no mistakes, Pastor Campbell, and his family, want to bring you HOPE & HELP so that you can give God praise, honour and glory, through your trials, whether they be physical, emotional, financial, relational or mental, and to realize they are treasures from God. Everyone has them. How will you handle yours?
About Treasured Trials Ministry
The purpose of Treasured Trials Ministry is to help us view our trials as God sees them. Romans 8:28, says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
It is our job to find the good, or gold, out of the trial God trusted us with. Nothing ever happens to us without our Lord allowing it. The Lord’s desire is for us to “treasure” our trials more than we would gold, as the Bible says in I Peter 1:7 ~ “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” The sooner we accept this truth the quicker we will understand the purpose of all trials is to use them to honour and give praise to God for Who He is and how good He is to us.
We want to encourage those who are going through tough times in their lives or who have had their lives turned upside down, like we have, to never believe that the Lord is mad at you or that He is purposely hurting anyone by allowing these trials to afflict our lives.
I Peter 1:7 teaches us that our faith is being tried not us personally. The Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith. When our faith is tested, we can learn to trust Him, give up our will for His purpose, and allow our faith to increase so we can learn to treasure our trials.
Treasuring trials is really treasuring our great God! He is a great God and He makes no mistakes!
Valentine’s Day is the ultimate holiday to celebrate the loves in your life. What better time to teach your children about the unconditional and everlasting love of our Savior?
Children are always excited about holidays, so try to point the focus in a way that teaches them about Jesus’ grace and compassion. Each day we are gifted with the opportunity to teach our children more about Christ and His will for us. Let’s especially take advantage of this on Valentine’s Day.
Children often ask why God loves us? The best explanation is that God loves us so much because He created us. He molded us with love.
He loves us even more than we love our own children. He wants the best for us. His love is ever-forgiving and knows no bounds.
God’s love is so amazing that we truly cannot even comprehend the vastness of it in our lives. In our humanity, we often put conditions on love. If someone wrongs us, we may withhold love and have trouble letting it go. We do not have the complete forgiveness God offers. We live with a “forgive, but don’t forget” mentality. Because of our mindset, it takes time to truly understand that when God forgives and He no longer sees our wrongs or mistakes.
God loves us so much that He sacrificed Jesus so that we can be forgiven. Allow children to understand this love so for Valentine’s Day by participating in a few projects.
The first project is called Hanging Hearts. First, you decorate construction paper hearts with scripture verses. Then, have each of the children hang their artwork around your house. God’s Word is the best resource to learn about God’s love and grace, so find ways to associate the Bible with the holiday.
Bible Verses about God’s Love
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16* KJV)
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10* KJV)
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee. (Jeremiah 31:3* KJV)
But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7* KJV)
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16* KJV)
The next project is a self portrait. Have each of your children draw or paint how they see themselves. Then, they can write down the positive attributes they see in themselves. This will teach them that God loves them just the way they are. Let your children know that it’s not dependent on looks or talents. He created us all equally with love.
The final project is to make Valentine’s Day cards thanking Jesus for His love. Inside the cards they can write down all of the wonderful gifts He has given to them. This will teach them to be grateful.
Valentine’s Day should be a day the greatest love should be honored. While celebrating the loved ones God has placed in your life, do not forget about the ultimate love we are given each and every day by our Savior.
ESL Class FREE
(English as a Second Language)
The teacher is a professional ESL teacher.
Friday, Jan. 27th – Friday, April 28th
Fridays 10:00 – 12:00
Immanuel Baptist Church
1505 Lewisville-Clemmons Road
We will sing an easy song together, read stories
from a very easy to read children’s Bible,
and answer easy questions on a worksheet.
Age 15 and up only, please.
Whether you are completely new to Bible reading, or whether you’ve been at it for years, you probably need help in making God’s Word a part of each day. The truth is, we all do. The following are some practical guidelines you can use. They fall into two categories: Preparing and Reading.
Preparing to Read the Bible
The first thing you’ll need to read the Bible regularly is a sincere desire to do so. Maybe that seems too obvious, but it is important. If our habit of daily Bible reading is to be successful and profitable we must develop a hunger to know God better through his Word. And we need to ask God for this hunger in prayer – constantly.
Another very important part of preparing to read the Bible is to choose a system. It’s frustrating when you have ten or twenty minutes set aside for Bible reading to waste time randomly flipping through your Bible deciding what to read. Without a systematic plan, you’ll probably read and reread the books you know best and avoid the ones with which you are unfamiliar. There are many helpful Bible reading systems available from your church, online, or local Christian bookstore. Evaluate several and then choose a plan that systematically takes you through all parts of the Bible. And follow it.
Two simple, but helpful preparations are find a spot and set a time. When you read the Bible, choose a place where you can be alone and concentrate. Also, plan a specific time of the day for Bible reading. If you don’t it’s too easy to skip it. Whatever time you set to meet with God, however, the important thing is that you keep your appointment! Now let’s turn our attention to how we go about actually reading the Bible.
Reading the Bible
“If you aim at nothing, you’ll probably hit it,” is a phrase we sometimes hear. This applies to our Bible reading as well. If we are not aiming to meet God in his Word, we won’t. So, consciously come to your time of Bible reading expecting to hear God speak to your life situation. Come expecting to learn, expecting to change, and you won’t be disappointed.
Next, read your day’s passage thoughtfully and prayerfully. Start by considering the context of your passage. That is, familiarize yourself with what comes before and after what you read so you keep the verses in their proper perspective. Then read the passage slowly. You may even want to read it twice to make sure you get it all.
After reading, meditate on the text and its meaning for you. This will involve your intellect as you answer questions such as “What is the main point of this passage?” “What do I learn about God?” “What does Christ require of me today?” It will involve your imagination as you put yourself in a parable, illustration or biblical story and reflect on what it would be like to “be there.” (For example, try to imagine your thoughts and feelings if you were in the crowd watching Jesus’ crucifixion.) And it will involve your heart, as you honestly apply God’s Word to your life, when it hurts as well as when it inspires.
After you’ve grappled with the text, think of ways to take its message with you into the day. Keep a notebook of your discoveries, memorize a key verse, tape a 3 x 5 card with a helpful verse to a familiar spot in your home or office, or make up a melody and “sing a verse” throughout the day.
And don’t forget prayer. Since God is speaking to you through the Bible, naturally you will want to answer him in prayer. Pray before you read, asking the Holy Spirit to give you insight. If you come to a verse that touches a particular need of yours or spotlights a sin you’ve given in to, stop and pray about it. And when you finish reading, pray again that God would help you act on what he’s said to you. Bible reading combined with prayer will transform your daily Quiet Time from a religious habit into a two-way interaction with God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We worship you and thank you for a new year. We thank you for the new mercies, greater grace, and fuller life that it will bring. May it be a year full of your favor in our lives. Keep your hand of blessing on us so that we can bless others. Open up doors that have been closed in the past. Lead us beside still water so that our souls are refreshed this year. Bring restoration to the parts of our lives that have been shattered and broken.
You alone are our strong foundation. You are the One we build our lives on. May we see growth and progress spiritually, financially, and emotionally in 2017. We know that you are good, and that you have good things for us. We give you the freedom to move and work in our lives this year as you see fit. Your plan for our lives is better than any plan we could ever come up with. We submit to you, your plans, and your goals for our lives.
Help us to have enough oil in our lamps to do the work you’ve called us to. Put the right people in our lives to stir up your gifts inside us, to move us in the direction you would have us go, and to maximize our potential. Help us to add value to our friends, family, and those who cross our path this year. Give us God ideas on how to build others up so they are rightfully restored to the people you created them to be.
Give us greater wisdom in all areas of our life so we make better choices this year. Give us discernment so we can know your voice, your path, and your direction in our lives. May this be a year of tremendous growth, productivity, and expansion for us and your Kingdom. Use us to spread your light, your life, and your compassion so that you will be lifted up and people will be drawn to you. Thank you for all you’re going to do, and we give you all the honor and glory as we dedicate this year to you.
In Jesus name we pray,