The ROCK does Things about it
Andy Stanley recently tweeted: “As a leader I’ve found that it’s much easier to educate a doer than it is to activate a thinker.” AMEN! I love a lot of things about our church. But one of the things I love most is the commitment we make to doing something about our faith. The most common statements upon which all our ministry is based are these:
We’ll DO anything but sin to reach those farthest from God.
We’re MAKING our community the hardest place on Earth to get to Hell from.
Love God, Love People, and DO Something about it.
Give those statements another glance, and you’ll notice that they are all ACTION statements. The book of James challenges us to be doers and not just hearers who are fooling ourselves (James 1:22). That same book says that faith without works is DOA dead (2:17). In more ways that I know about, ROCKers are living out their faith.
- The most visible way right now is the effort so many have made, and are continuing to make, to put Bob Granata in a house. Over $4000 has been given so far in gifts ranging from $1-$500. But that isn’t the whole story. ROCKers have been there from moments after the tree destroyed his mobile home – securing temporary housing for him, removing debris, putting a plan in motion. A ROCKer is housing and feeding Bob now. Have you given yet?
- The ROCK fed all the teachers and staff at Conway High School this week. Our staff was there to pray for, serve, and encourage them. And our standing offer is that if there are ways to serve the school, please call The ROCK first.
- Leaders of Katalyst – The ROCK’s Student Ministry – took cold watermelon to the Conway High School football team as their hot humid practice time was ending. In a few weeks, we’ll put a football/ROCK shirt on every one of the players.
- Hundreds of dollars have been given toward emergency needs this year. We have a great process in place that keeps that confidential and responsible. Through that process ROCKers have been responsible for clothing, feeding, cooling and heating people in desperate circumstances.
- That doesn’t count budgeted money that we disburse to area ministries and charities.
- It also doesn’t speak of ALL the things our MyGroups DO for each other, and for our community.
- And we haven’t even mentioned the hundreds of combined hours invested by ROCK Volunteer Staff every week just to make our Sunday stuff happen.
To all those who give so generously so we can be a blessing to others: Thank you. God will honor the sacrifices you make.
To those committed to DOING something about your faith: Keep up the awesome work. You are living out the gospel in ways the world around us can’t help but notice.
To those who need to DO something: Others are missing the ways you can bless them. And you are missing some blessings that only come from doing. Jump in!