If you’re anything like me, you don’t like to jump into things. Before I start, I want a clear picture of what I’m supposed to do but also need to know how I might address any problems that come up. I want to be as prepared as possible. Many times this means that I’m fairly well prepared for whatever I’m doing. Other times, this means that I never actually get around to doing what needs to get done. There’s a time to be prepared, and there’s a time to get to work. Go to either extreme and you’ll find problems. This is even true in the church. As we look to the future we need to remember to both get ready and then get busy.
Are you the type of person who likes to just jump in with both feet? Slow down for a minute and consider what God says to you in 1 Peter 3:16 “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that is in you.” No matter how far you’ve come in your faith, there’s still room for all of us to be more prepared. Not only are there new truths in God’s Word to uncover, but there are new ways we can apply these truths to our daily struggles. Our world is constantly coming up with new challenges and questions that demand new answers for us to find in the Bible.
So, as we are encouraged in 1 Peter, we need to make sure we’re always prepared. That means loving God’s Word so much that we make it a priority. There simply is no other way to grow other than being in the Word. Regular worship, Bible Class, devotions are the tools that the Holy Spirit uses to get us ready for whatever we might face. It means taking the time to meditate on this Word that we hear. Let it bounce around in your head for a while. What questions do you have? What questions might others have? How does this connect with your life or the lives of those around you? No matter how far you have or haven’t come, there’s so much more to explore and experience.
Of course you can only take this preparation so far. The same Lord who told us to always be prepared also commanded us “Therefore go and gather disciples from all nations...” A lifetime of preparations won’t do any good if they never give way to actual work. Jesus wants us to go, putting our skills to work and sharing with others the treasures we’ve uncovered in our study of God’s Word.
Just as we need to consciously look for ways to prepare, we also need to consciously look for ways to go with the gospel. Can you see the opportunities in your life right now? The family in your home needs God’s Word as much as they need the other necessities of life. Your coworkers and neighbors without Christ are searching for some of the very same things you already found in God’s Word. Many times, they’re asking the questions that God has answered for us in the Bible. Our church family is blessed when you go with the Word as well. It's been difficult to find leaders like councilmen and elders, not because we don’t have qualified people, but because we’re not always willing to go and work. Maybe you already have enough preparation and just need to give one of these roles a try. Perhaps it's time to leave the sidelines and get busy doing God's work.
In many ways a reluctance to prepare or take action comes from much the same place. A reluctance to prepare assumes that we’re already good to go and we already know the answers. A reluctance to get busy assumes that everything depends on us and it's up to us to be successful. The antidote to both is found in Christ. When we fully rely on him we have a much better perspective. We’re willing to both listen to him as we grow in our faith and confident that he’ll bless us as we get busy using that Word in his work.
Pastor Matthew Schoell
Purchase a New Hymnal
If you would like to purchase a new Hymnal for your own personal use, there is a signup sheet in the back of Church. The cost is $25.
LWMS Fall Rally
This Fall on Saturday October 8, St. John will be hosting the Fall Wolf River Circuit LWMS Rally. At this Fall Rally, the Wolf River Circuit will be celebrating its 40 Anniversary. We will need the help of many men and ladies to help host this Rally. You don’t need to attend the monthly meetings to volunteer your time. We will need people to help with the Lunch and snacks. We will need help setting us things and cleaning up after. We will need help with registration and assisting the people as they arrive. All the ladies and men of the congregation are invited to volunteer and take part as we host this event. Please sign up on the sheet in the back of Church or call Kathy Schabo for more questions.
New Adult Information Class
Summer Sunday Morning Bible Class
Have you ever left a worship service and felt a little confused about the main points of the sermon for that day? We invite you to join us each Sunday for a brief Bible Study – starting at 9:10 am. We will spend the time digging in a little deeper into the sermon for that week. We encourage whole families to join us.
We continue to live-stream our services and post our worship folders online. We will be recording our Sunday 8:00 am service which means you can watch any time after 8:00 am on Sunday morning. If you need any help accessing these resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
You can find our worship services at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsQs-LDzlHE1NTjOaVaQ2A.
You can find a bulletin for each Worship Service so you can follow along here: https://stjohn-appleton.org/bulletins