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The Welfare of our City - Jeremiah 29:7 - Serve Sunday

Posted on May 7, 2017

The Welfare of our City

Jeremiah 29:7

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

Introduction: Why Serve Sunday?

  1. As we just read, for the welfare of the city, for in its welfare, you will find your welfare.
  • The Israelites were in captivity far from home.
  • This was how God wanted them to respond to their captors while in exile
  • We are foreigners in this world. Our citizenship is in heaven. But while we are here, we need to be good humanitarians to those around us
  • So, in Bettendorf, we need to be involved in making this community a great place to live. We do that by doing our part thus Serve Sunday
  • I would encourage that you would do like I do as well to volunteer for other community events beyond Serve Sunday
  1. 2.    We are to do good to those in our church but Paul says out in our community.

Galatians 6:10

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

  1. 3.    We are commanded by Jesus to show love for one another because that is the mark of a Christian

John 13:35

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

  • We are to love our fellow man

John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

A wise friend shared over lunch once “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” How often we serve expecting nothing in return is a clear reflection of how much we love.

  1. 4.    This is our opportunity to show unity and harmony as we work together.

 

 

 

Ephesians 4:16

From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

  • We can work with people we know well and may not know very well.
  • But as you do these projects as a team, you build camaraderie and get to know each other in new ways.
  1. 5.    The last reason is to bring glory to God.

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

  • As we are light and salt in our community of Bettendorf, people will ask us why we do these projects. They will ask why we take time on a Sunday to do this instead of worshiping in our church.
  • We are worshiping as we serve others and God outside the walls of the church
  • They will see people outside the walls of the church, putting into practice the Word of God. You and I are living out the application of many sermons as we do out today.

God is at work all around us here in the community of Pleasant Valley and the city of Bettendorf

  • I talk to Pastor’s and people in our community and it is exciting the blessings that are taking place
  • The city of Bettendorf is exploding with growth. The Forest Grove park, soon the elementary school.
  • A sports complex that is going to come
  • Houses that are going up all around us
  • At the corner of Crow Creek and Middle Roads – retail. Near the circle on 53rd and Middle more retail going up
  • We find ourselves in the middle of it all
  • As a church, I heard this statement this week that has rung true with me.

“We are exactly where God wants us to be with exactly the people God wants us to have.” - Paul Jorgensen

  • Our vision to;
    • Connect with others and with God
    • Grow in our relationships with others and God
    • Serve in the church, the community and the world
    • I wish you could see from my vantage point how important it is we do these projects.
      • At PV High School, they do not have the time to do the work we will be doing. They have people to cut the grass and maintain the building but not for the grounds at large
      • Same could be said for Rick Larson and PV Elementary School
      • The principal at Hoover values this day so much, he comes in, plays KLOVE music, brings snacks and all the equipment to clean out the memorial garden in their courtyard
      • The YMCA always has snacks for us and we are the primary group that works outside. I am a member there and I watch every week the weeds grow and the mulch blow and be moved away and we replenish it and prepare it every year.
      • Scrub Pub has a new owner; Jeremy Lang. He is excited as he takes over to do this for the community.
      • Ron Maday loves working with us at the Bettendorf Park and Recreation Department. I volunteer at some other things they do from time to time to build a relationship with him and his group of workers.
      • Clarissa C. Cook Hospice Center loves getting over 400 cookies to freeze and use to serve families there in their time of need.
      • Today, you will be the hands and feet of Jesus. Thanks for being that. You have no idea and I don’t either the eternal impact this makes on the people we serve.
      • We will not share the Gospel maybe with our lips but we are sending you out as representatives of Christ to love people with no strings attached.
      • We will use our hands and labor to radiate Christ by our attitudes, our actions and our gifts of service
      • That is what excites me this morning as we go out.
      • In Jeremiah 29:7, the verse I read at the beginning a few moments ago is so very important.

Jeremiah 29:7

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

  • As members of Pleasant View Baptist Church, we have a responsibility to look out for the welfare of our community.
    • It is not our job only but other churches in this community as well
    • As far as I know, Planned Parenthood in Bettendorf no longer does surgical abortions and I believe it is because of the voice of our churches and the folks at Women’s Choice Center and Pregnancy Resource Center that has brought that about.
    • We make our city better when we serve
    • When we pray for it and the leaders of this city
    • When we speak out at school meetings
    • The way our kids carry themselves in sports leagues
    • The better we make the community, the better Jeremiah 29:7 says our church and individual families will be
    • Don’t you want the best for our community? Don’t you want the best for our church? Thank you then for doing something physically to make our city a better place to live and being the hands and feet of Jesus.

 

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