Hey, my name is Scott Kindy and I oversee our Next Steps here at The Church. I’m so excited about this upcoming Sunday at The Church; we’re in the middle of our series, “True Christianity,” and this weekend the message will be all about serving. See, I grew up a Christian — well at least I thought I did — I actually just grew up going to church. I thought if I prayed to God, if I read a devotional every morning or if I went to church every weekend, I was being Christ-like, but that’s not the case. Jesus didn't only spend time alone talking to his Father, reading the ancient text or going to the Temple every week. No, He did something more, something many of us think is beneath us, He served. The creator of the universe came down in the form of a servant to help people in need;  Jesus fed people, taught people and most of all, served people by sacrificing His life. If we want to be called Christians, we should do what Jesus did — use our time and our spiritual gifts to serve people.

The Bible says in Romans 12: 4-6  “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”  Paul is telling us we make up the body of Christ and we have been blessed with a gift to add or support that body. In 1 Peter 4:10, Peter explains, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in his various forms.” 

These two verses lay out a clear path for Christians. We must serve one another with the gifts that God has blessed us with. Each of us make up the body of The Church, but it only functions when every part of the body is doing its part.

Here at The Church at Visalia we have a saying, “Be The Church,” which means to serve with the gift God has blessed you with. If you have a passion for music, the worship team could be a great place for you. More of a behind the scenes kind-of person? See what the lighting and sound crew is all about. Maybe you love the idea of cuddling babies for an hour during a Sunday service on our KidsCare team or your God-given talent is that outgoing personality and hospitality, perfect for leading a community group. Whatever that gift may be, we want to help you walk out your faith and serve others here at The Church. So how do we walk this out? Well, that’s where the Next Steps comes in. 

Here are some ways to start your journey and “Be The Church”:

1. Fill out a response card or meet with Pastor Kevin or myself in the Lobby and we’ll get you on to your Next Step.

2. Community Groups - This is where you can meet new people and help each other learn more about the Bible.

3. Ownership Class - Become part of the Body.

4. Serving - We’ll get you connected with one of the ministries here at The Church that best fits the Gifts you've been blessed with.