RHCC Core Value and Virtues: Worship

RHCC Core Value and Virtues

Worship

Scripture Reference:  Matthew 4:1-11

            Many times on our journey we will very often become tempted to take matters      into our own hands. In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit. God gets our attention sometimes during the trials that we very easily blame on “the devil”. Here we can see that God is leading us to opportunities where we can choose the way we want to live. Jesus shows us we should live our lives dedicated to worship and being of service to God. 

            Jesus is tempted with one of the most basic needs of humanity which is food.       Then he is also tempted with security, the opportunity to be held in high esteem by others, and to have power over all the nations of the world. There was one catch, he had to fall down and worship Satan. 

            As believers we should understand the greatest testament of our witness is living           our lives dedicated to worship. Worship cannot simply be the lifting of our hands on Sunday mornings. Worship is an act of humility and honor. Worship is a lifestyle, a manner of being. In the text Satan basically was trying to knock Jesus off his square. Jesus literally told Satan, “to get out of here,” in so many words, and adding, “You must only worship God and serve God only.” 

            In this 21stCentury, it’s easy to get caught up in the cares of the world, what we   should eat, that is going to take care of me, and how much power do I have. As we remember to worship God only, we come to realize that our needs are supplied as God gives us what we need and sometimes the things we want. 

            This text also shows us that if we continue in worship it is difficult to get distracted by the schemes and plots of the enemy. We should Worship God, and serve God only through all of our circumstances.                                  

~Pastor Vickie Gray~

7th April, 2017

RHCC Core Values and Virtues: Fellowship

FELLOWSHIP

Scripture Reference: 1 John 1:1-4

1 John 1:3 “we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

It is way to put limits on our “fellowship”. Many times we believe our “fellowship” to be limited to the activities which we participate in with other believers after church on Sunday. However, if we were to take notice of the writer’s witness about what can make “our joy complete,” we will see that it is “our fellowship with God and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

Our relationship with other believers actually empowers us to grow in our spiritual development as we encourage one another. This type of “fellowship” is beneficial for the building of God’s Kingdom because we can’t do it alone. We are here to affirm and support each other.

This “fellowship” we have with “God and with his Son Jesus Christ” happens by faith. In Romans 10:17, it reads, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” The writer of 1 John reminds us that their witness is to the message of hope in eternal life. That hope is only made manifest by our belief in the power of God’s work through his Son, Jesus Christ. True fellowship makes our joy complete. Complete joy is based on our relationship with God, believing that Jesus Christ is his Son and by that belief we have access to eternal life.

Having complete joy by our “fellowship” with God and his Son Jesus Christ enables us to have true “fellowship” with others.

Rev. Vickie Gray

March 10th, 2019

RHCC Core Values and Virtues: Worship

Worship

Scripture Reference: Matthew 4:1-11

Many times on our journey we will very often become tempted to take matters into our own hands. In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit. God gets our attention sometimes during the trials that we very easily blame on “the devil”. Here we can see that God is leading us to opportunities where we can choose the way we want to live. Jesus shows us we should live our lives dedicated to worship and being of service to God.

Jesus is tempted with one of the most basic needs of humanity which is food. Then he is also tempted with security, the opportunity to be held in high esteem by others, and to have power over all the nations of the world. There was one catch, he had to fall down and worship Satan.

As believers, we should understand the greatest testament of our witness is living our lives dedicated to worship. Worship cannot simply be the lifting of our hands on Sunday mornings. Worship is an act of humility and honor. Worship is a lifestyle, a manner of being. In the text Satan basically was trying to knock Jesus off his square. Jesus literally told Satan “to get out of here” in so many words, and adding “You must only worship God and serve God only.”

In this 21st century, it’s easy to get caught up in the cares of the world, what we should eat, what is going to take care of me, and how much power do I have. As we remember to worship God only, we come to realize that our needs are supplied as God gives us what we need and sometimes the things we want.

This text also shows us that if we continue in worship it is difficult to get distracted by the schemes and plots of the enemy. We should worship God and serve God only through all of our circumstances.

Rev. Vickie Gray

March 3rd, 2019

RHCC Core Values and Virtues: Stewardship

STEWARDSHIP

Scripture Reference: Psalm 24:1

Comes from the Greek word (oikonomia), meaning; the management of a household or of household affairs; specifically, the management, oversight, administration, of others’ property; the office of a manager or overseer.

Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” (NLT)

In the beginning of Genesis, God creates everything and puts Adam in the Garden to work it and to take care of it. It is clear that man was created to work and that work is the stewardship of all of the creation that God has given him.

This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.

Therefore, stewardship expresses our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control, which is all encompassing. Stewardship is the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service, recognizing that we do not have the right of control over our property or ourselves.

A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day each one of us will be called to give account for how we have managed what the Lord has given us.

February 24th, 2019

RHCC Core Values and Virtues: Discipleship

DISCIPLESHIP

Scripture Reference:  Matthew 28:18b-20

Christian discipleship is simply what the Bible refers to as the Great Commission. After the resurrection and before Jesus ascended into heaven, He appeared one last time to His disciples, to give personal instruction to all of His followers to take specific action while on earth.

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18b-20).

Christian discipleship continued to grow when the followers of Jesus gathered in Jerusalem. Those chosen, had previously been disciples, or followers of Jesus, were now to become apostles, or messengers. Their intention was to spread the Word, beginning with Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came and fell upon them for the first time. 

Because of the faithfulness of those apostles, who clearly understood their role as messengers of Christ, we have their gospels and letters. These books and letters became the New Testament of God’s Word, and unlike those first disciples, we have Christ’s instructions in our Bibles, as instruction for our daily lives.

Rev. Courtnee Mills-McCullough

February 17th, 2019

RHCC Core Values and Virtues: Fellowship

Fellowship

Scripture Reference: 1 John 1:3-7

In 1 John 1:3-7, we are given the ability to perceive the intended reasoning for fellowship. The evangelist writer knows that fellowship is an action that becomes a viable asset for the community of faith. This means the fellowship we each have with God as individuals is extended to others by unity, community, and participation in the life of the church.

The core value of fellowship has been demonstrated throughout history as a tradition within the African American family and church. Fellowship in family and church seems to go hand in hand in African American culture. Having a sense of “unity” should mean having concern with the well-being of members of the community that may be experiencing exploitation, poverty, and may have been victimized by a governmental system which can be oppressive. Being unified meant everything to our ancestors. They believed we were stronger together than apart. This tradition of unity has been handed on to us, although not always practiced. However, unity has tone both experienced and demonstrated by each individual. Having fellowship is impossible unless there is a common theme of commitment, dedication, and having shared values of embracing each member of the community.

Having a sense of community is valuable to the individual. Each individual must realize their personal value by understanding that intellectual, emotional and the social aspects of life are areas where the community can and will give support. We each bring our gifts and talents which are shared with the community and the individual will then demonstrate unity by their participation in the life of the church.

Participation in the life of the church enriches the life of the individual. The Greek word for fellowship is “koinõnia” and it becomes almost as contagious. It is a feeling that is present and felt. The fellowship is warm, loving and so powerful that it ignites the flame which brings newness of life to every believer.

Rev. Vickie Gray

February 10th, 2019

RHCC Core Values and Virtues: Worship

Editor’s note:  This is the first installment in a series of treatises on the core values and virtues that are shared at Restoration House Community Church.

Worship

“Actively Pursuing the Presence of God”

Scripture Reference: John 4:23-24

The Worship of God is expected of us as Believers in God. The word worship derives from the idea of worth-ship. It’s the idea of placing value or worth to a person, place or thing. As Believers and Disciples of RHCC, it becomes necessary as to what we value. Above our jobs, family, positions, money, health, we should value God as priority. The reason of gathering together, praying sincerely, having fellowship, is because of the worth and value we give unto the Lord our God.  In the scripture referenced, it gives a foundation for worship – SALVATION, the gift of everlasting life. The worship of our God only happens from the perspective of salvation. It is that salvation which helps to determine the depth of our value of our relationship with God. “What has God done for us that is most impacting?” Giving us the Gift of Salvation. Giving us everlasting life. Therefore, we worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Not based upon where we are. Not based upon where we live. Not based upon the material we have acquired. We worship God not to get our praise on, but to seek God’s face, God’s voice, and God’s love.

Pastor McCullough

January 6th, 2019