This year, we are seeking to know from God’s Word, in new ways, what it means to walk by faith, learning to walk during uncertainties in the confidence of God - who he is, and his presence in our lives. Faith is believing what God has said about who he is. It is trusting in him in all situations. It is relying on him in every circumstance.
Grace is God reaching into our world to give us what we do not deserve—salvation. Mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve—punishment. Paul speaks of both in Romans, but in 12:1-8, after the benediction proclaiming the greatness of God, he leads us to understand what we need to do in light of God’s mercy:
Worship. Grow. Serve.
First, we worship (Romans 12:1).
We ascribe worth to God. We seek to be in constant awareness of his presence, ever looking to worship him in spirit and in truth. We learn to worship him in every moment of the day, so that we can come together to worship him in our services.
Second, we grow (Romans 12:2).
We renew our minds. We realize that our old selves are conformed to the pattern of this world and so they cause us to think according to the world. God’s desire and design, in light of his mercy, is that we would be transformed by renewing the way we think. We seek to have biblical input as opposed to antibiblical input into our minds.
Finally, we serve (Romans 12:3-8).
We serve from an understanding that we are children of God, followers of Jesus, who have been rescued and ransomed so that we can serve our God and others. We each have been given gifts with which to serve. The exciting part is to find out what you have been gifted to do and then doing that for the glory of the Lord.
So, Worship Plus Two.
Worship plus two means weekly gathering to worship, weekly getting involved in an opportunity where you can grow with at least one other person, and weekly finding a way to use your gift to serve in the body of Christ, whether in the building or in the community.