To God be the Glory…

…For the things He has done!

I want to say thank you to all of our teachers and leaders who worked so hard during these past weeks to make last weekend a success. I’d like to consider the weekend for a moment in two parts, and debrief our experience a bit.

Spring into Action

One of the things that excites me so  much is seeing the servant’s hearts of our people.  This is one of the key places that we see real spiritual maturity and discipleship in action.  Too often, the church is like a power weight lifter who can bench press 500 lbs., but who drives right past a man trapped under a telephone pole everyday on his way to the gym.  It does us no spiritual good to study the Bible for years and years if we never become the hands and feet of God in service.  James 1 says, “22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

This past weekend, we were doers of the Word.  Here is a list of many of the things our small groups accomplished in Jesus’ name, and for His glory:

Fed and cared for the needy at a soup kitchen.

Cleared fallen trees for people who needed help.

Cleaned and performed yard-work for those who couldn’t do it themselves.

Home repairs for those who needed assistance.

Donated a chest freezer to a needy family and filled it with food.

Completely remodeled a portion of a needy family’s home that had terrible water and mold damage.

Cleaned and organized at a children’s home.

Visited nursing homes and hospitals spending time with the sick and elderly.

Much of the above work happened in the rain as people served regardless of the weather.

And this weekend we will put a new roof on the collegiate ministry house at USC Upstate.

We have so many gifted, talented, and willing servants.  When we create moments to serve together those people have an opportunity to put their faith and gifts into action and see lives changed.  I am so thankful to be a part of such ministry.  Truly, that is the church in action.  After all, Changing Lives is written on the sign out front…

Bring a Friend Sunday

Sunday was a wonderful day at Poplar Springs.  I loved seeing the unity and friendship, the community, that comes from having served together.  It adds a richness to our worship and small group time that is priceless.

I met so many new people who were brought as guests to Bible study and worship.  We have many guest cards to follow up on, and new friends to reach out to.  I met several new families that said what drew them to come to PSBC was the excitement of their friend who invited them, and our testimony of being a church that serves in the community.  I also met families who said that they were visiting because they had seen what a difference our family ministries were making in the lives of others, and they wanted their family to be involved as well.

We also identified a few places in ministry on Sunday mornings that we can continue to improve.

We have a developing parking lot ministry to provide care and guidance to those coming onto our campus.  We need people and ideas to continue developing it.  See any of our ministers or Robby Robinson for more info.

We continue to need someone to step up and volunteer to make our bathrooms more welcoming and hospitable throughout the campus.  Research shows that the bathrooms are a key factor in the first impressions of guests.  There’s clean, and then there’s “wow.”  We’re going for “wow!”  See any of our ministers to get turned loose on that.

As always, we were reminded that our strength as a church lies in the genuine warmth of our people, the care and creativity that our small group leaders of all ages show, and the excitement of our worship experience.

Our call from God through the scriptures and the testimony of our hearts, is to Worship God, Strengthen Families, and Change Lives.  The vision is alive and thriving at Poplar Springs Baptist Church!  Thank you for your work in making such a healthy weekend happen, and To God be the Glory for the things He has done!

 

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