This past Sunday we heard several members of our community share ways in which God is at work. He is doing incredible things. God is inviting us to be a part of his mission, of something so much bigger than ourselves, bigger than we could ever imagine.
But joining God’s work in the world isn’t easy. It requires busy people to give up their time. It requires real humility and a posture of learning. It requires stepping out of comfortable places and trusting God.
Every one of us is called to serve Christ with all that we are. As James 2 reminds us, our faith is a living faith that moves us to action:
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good[b] is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
If the Gospel is true and God’s spirit is within us, the grace and truth of Jesus Christ ought to be oozing out into everything we do. I don’t know what that looks like for you, but I do know that it will require sacrifice and humility and it will be uncomfortable. I know that God will show himself faithful and use your willingness to serve him in ways you could never imagine. I know he will give you story after story to tell – incredible stories about how God has changed others and changed you.
God willing, one year from now we will be moving into a new facility in downtown Raleigh. And starting today we want to issue ourselves a challenge for the next 12 months. We’re calling it “Serve the City” and the goal is simple – to earn a reputation for Jesus in our city through the selfless giving of our time and resources to those in physical and spiritual need.
But how can we do that? We want every person in our community to find one way to show the love of Jesus in our city. One way to step out of your comfort zone, to sacrifice, to serve over the next 12 months.
Every Sunday there will be a Serve the City table in the lobby with hundreds of these little cards that highlight all kinds of ways you can show the love of Christ in our city. From one hour to weekly, from relational to one time, there are all kinds of opportunities for individuals, families, and community groups to serve. (read a few) Or come up with your own way to serve. There’s a complete list of ways you can serve at htcraleigh.org/servethecity.
And this is just the beginning when it comes to telling stories. We are going to keep sharing ways that God is working in our city and our world. So we’ll have more testimonies during the year from people that accepted the Serve the City challenge and how God used it in their life.
God willing, we will be moving into a beautiful new facility in the heart of downtown Raleigh. And the first day of worship there is going to be incredible. But my hope is that our first Sunday won’t be the first time our city has ever heard of Holy Trinity. My prayer is that God might use our meager efforts to love and serve him in our city to earn a reputation for Jesus. That God would use the sacrificial giving of our time, to lead people to saving faith in Jesus. That as we love our city, the people of our city would come to know the God we serve.
This is who we are, this is who we are called to be, this is to be our passion: to proclaim, exalt and serve Jesus Christ so that others might know him. I hope you’ll accept the challenge and find one way to show the love of Jesus to our city!