Our Purpose

is to worship God, and to glorify Him, through caring, equipping and mobilising people for mission.

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Living God's Story Together

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10.00am and 5.30pm

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Cnr Rothesay Ave and Dorene St
St.Marys SA 5042

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    National volunteers week

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    This week is National Volunteers Week so as a church we want to thank everyone in the church who gives both time and expertise to benefit Edwardstown Baptist Church. Without your involvement the church would not achieve much - if anything! Volunteers are at the core of what churches do.

    As I thought about volunteerism and how popular it is in Australian culture and how the church has so many volunteers I began to realise there is a significant difference between volunteering and ministering. Volunteering is performing a task for free to benefit someone or to benefit a non-profit organisation. Ministering is performing a service, whether paid or unpaid, to assist others, an organisation, or a church in Jesus name. The three words “in Jesus name,” makes all the difference to whether we are volunteering or ministering.

    Volunteering makes us feel good and benefits others, ministering not only makes us feel good and benefits others, but most importantly it advances God’s work and glorifies His Name on earth. Ministering therefore, is volunteering with a spiritual purpose that will last for eternity. The Scriptures emphasize the importance of ministering to others by voluntarily serving them, utilising our gifts and abilities to do so. In many ways this is not actually serving God for non-payment because payment will indeed be made in the form of rewards at the coming judgement.

    In some ways working for reward takes away from the generosity of heart to give freely of our time and skills in response to God’s love and blessings to us. I tend to view future reward as a bonus to serving God rather than an expectation. If God wants to reward us for serving Him we can only praise Him for His generosity but in reality He has done more than enough in forgiving, cleansing, transforming, adopting and securing our eternal destiny. That seems to be reward enough and should inspire a total surrender of our lives to His service.

    So as you volunteer here at Edwardstown Baptist Church be aware that you are considered much more than a volunteer, but a minister of Jesus Christ bringing glory to His Name, serving His purposes on earth, and benefiting His people. Thank you for your generosity of time and effort - we couldn’t do church with you.

    “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42)