The Upper Room Worship Center in Tipp City is a small town church that has an amazing amount of influence in our community. Several members are prominent in businesses, local government, Police, and Fire departments.
Yesterday I spoke about the power of influence together and how our personal story is the message. I mentioned our invitation to the people within our spheres of influence is …come and see. I reflected back over the past year from April to April.
1 John 1:1-4 NASB What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life—and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us—what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.
The messenger the message is! We embody the message. What Jesus has done in us and for us is the message.
There is power in our story.
Our good deeds do not save us. Good deeds and our actions reveal us. Our actions often speak louder than our words. This is why we serve the people in our spheres of influence. Putting on a heart of love and positive attitudes is imperative.
Our attitudes are important! Have you ever been served by someone who has a bad attitude? This is why we need self-awareness, and why we sow seeds into our hearts that will bear positive fruit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control.
All ya’ all, are the light of the world.
Serving outside of our Church reveals the love, kindness, and goodness of God in demonstrable…practical ways.
The You and Your in the above passage is plural. You, all together, are the light of the world.
Going out to serve and love our communities is prophetic, in the sense of unveiling the heart of God to our world. As we go, serve, love, and care for our community, our good deeds reveal the goodness and kindness of God.
Good deeds do not save us. Good deeds reveal us.
The Upper Room, serving from April to April, is an example of a church serving and loving a Community.
Hundreds of people were loved and cared for as we reached out together and as individuals.
Here is some of what we accomplished last year. (‘m writing this hoping you will be encouraged and you will begin to think about what you and your church could do to reach out to your community.
- We served our community with a Food drive-through during the pandemic in April. (We just happened to have had a translator on our team who led two Spanish-speaking people to Jesus.)
- Thanksgiving meals were taken to low-income apartments unannounced. Most people received prayer. One person who was healed last year was still healed this year!
- Grounds For Pleasure, our coffee house, collected items for several organizations throughout the year. The manager, Teanna Lambert, of GFP was invited to be on the board as Vice-President of the Downtown Tipp City Partnership. Serving creates influence within a community.
- Nicole Simmons increased our connection to our school systems by providing 320 gift cards for one preferred coffee for every employee once a month for a year, which equals 3842 coffees at GFP. Nichole also helped raise hundreds of items for families in need in our school system and engaged in a partnership with two local agencies who were also helping families in need at Christmas.
- Hundreds of people were served through our Love Explosion’s and Kindness-to-go which we schedule on weekends throughout our year.
- We also raised thousands of dollars to help meet pressing needs in our community and giving to missionaries and relief agencies beyond our community.
We know what we do reflects Jesus and His love for the people in our community. What we do also reflects our values.
I’m hoping what I’ve written will encourage you and your church to begin to reach out to your community…Together. If you are, leave a note in the comments to let others know what you are doing to be salt and light in your world.
Every person reading this has a sphere of influence. I’d encourage you to begin to ask Jesus, “How can I serve you today?” Tell Him, “I’m open for business. Help me to be aware of what you want to do and who you want me to serve today? Act upon what you hear.