I am perplexed; the English language has let me down. I am sitting in my favorite chair with plenty of hurricane snacks at my disposal. My family is safe, as the wind is picking up, and the rain continues to fall.
Today I finish up our acrostic for SERVE teams. Our fifth letter is the letter E. This E stands for EQUIP. My hope in writing these blog post is to help those who belong to the church that I lead to an understanding of the requirements needed to SERVE! I pray that each of our members takes on the challenge and finds a place of service. At the POINT, every member is a minister so applying these requirements is paramount in answering the needs of our guest. To recap the acrostic, we have the words Smile, Encourage, Reach out, Validate and today Equip.
Over the past couple of days, I have been listing qualifications that I believe we all possess. These same qualifications are those needed to serve on one of our SERVE teams. We pick up our requirements for a SERVE team member with the letter V. For our purposes is stands for Validate. I believe our guest at the Point wants to be validated. It takes so little effort to tell someone you are glad that they joined us for worship. We validate someone when we let them know that they add value to our lives. I am a better person because of those God puts on my path. I am thankful for the people that God loves. God loves all people, so the least that I can do is let them know how much I appreciate spending time with them.
We continue our SERVE team acrostic today, and we pick up with the third letter R. For our SERVE team purposes, I want the R to stand for reach out. This process requires intentional action on the SERVE team members part. My objective is to show each member of the SERVE team the Point that we are here to SERVE. Reaching out is a part of what we do! I am aware that sometimes it may feel a little awkward, but I also feel that it is even more awkward if we don’t reach out. Our guests come to us for a reason. Since they are making the first move by walking through our doors, we have to reach out. It is as easy and Smiling and taking a moment to Encourage. Reaching out calls us out of our comfort zone. I want to ask you to take the step. We need you on the front line reaching out to everyone who comes through our door. I want you to let them see Jesus in you.
I love living in Jacksonville! Greater Jacksonville has much to offer! Our weather does change enough for us to have some seasonal effects without the continuous frigid temps that winter further north can bring. September through December is pleasant for those who enjoy being outside like I do, it is easy to find plenty of activities to involve my family and friends. The cooler temperatures in January and February lead into a beautiful and warm March thru May. North East Florida has much to offer for the adventuring heart. We have more green space than any city of our size in the country. Jacksonville’s beauty and diversity make it a great place to live 12 months a year.
We pick up our post this morning continuing to develop the acrostic about SERVE teams. We feel that to serve, you must have these qualities. The cool thing is that all of these qualities are already in each of us. We will highlight the second letter E this morning.
I have been giving lots of thought to our church. This fall we have turned the corner and making some changes in the way we do discipleship. Our goal is to honor Christ in all that we do. So we are going to teach to transform. My goal is that every one of our members is involved in regular on going discipleship classes. We have some great options, and I want to encourage you to be involved.
Good morning, I am so thankful for each of you. What a week it has been! I am so ready for August 20 and our relaunch here at the Point. I am also praying that each of you is carefully thinking about who you are going to bring to the Point with you on this extraordinary day. I love each of you, and I am ready for God to do something big in our midst. We are ramping up, we are revving our engines, and we are ready to go.
Sleep came easy for me after an exhausting 186-mile trip through heavy south Florida traffic from Jonathan Dickenson State Park in Jupiter Flordia, to the Long Key State Park in the middle Florida Keys. Awakening to a new day came much easier as I knew that I would be waking up to a spectacular Long Key sunrise. I had anticipated this morning for many months. After stepping out of the frigid pop-up camper that we call home while camping, my glasses immediately fogged as I moved out into the thick humid air common to the tropics. Six months of planning and dreaming, I can tell you that I was not disappointed at what I experienced.
Get all excited tell everybody that, Jesus Christ is King. I have been thinking and praying about our church over the past ten days. I know that God has BIG plans for us as a church family and this fact excites me (I hope it excites you).