Do you know the definition of “capabilities?” Webster’s defines it as, “the quality or state of being capable.” So where does that leave us as we follow Christ?
You’ve Been Made Capable
We often think “I don’t have the gift of teaching,” or “I don’t have the gift of singing,” and so on. But we all have gifts that come from Christ, and Mercy Hill is committed to helping you develop those gifts. We also recognize that all are capable of serving. For those talents to be discovered and developed, you need to be involved. It would be so easy to come to Mercy Hill and enjoy the worship and all that Mercy Hill offers and feel as if it is enough. However, think about the parable Christ shared in Matthew 25—he spoke of the talents given. In verse 15 it says, “To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.” That word ability has the idea of capabilities. So, Christ is saying that each were given different talents, but all were capable.
So, the question is “Are you plugging in?”—are you making yourself available? We know you are capable to serve the Lord. In Philippians 2:2-4 Paul says, “complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Christ calls us to serve, and at Mercy Hill there are so many opportunities to do so. But you need to walk through the “big front door.”
Weekender: The Big Front Door
The Weekender is where you can learn who we are as a church and, just as important, the role you can play in the church. Here is what someone who attended the last Weekender had to say: “I was heavily involved at churches in the past but took a break a few years ago when we had kids. Unfortunately, what started as a ‘break’ became the ‘new normal.’ The Weekender stirred up that desire to get back to serving, to using the gifts God has given me for his glory and to build up his church. On-Ramp afforded me a chance to see what that would look like, first hand, and it totally sealed the deal. Serving is good, but it’s also fun! It’s no longer a question of ‘when’ to jump back in, but ‘which’ team should I join!” Our next Weekender is May 3-5, so come out and jump in and be a part of what God is doing at Mercy Hill.
-Paul Howington (Connections Associate Director)