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Serving Others2017-08-11T18:52:33-06:00

Highpoint Church is all about living life and growing faith. We are committed to creating spiritually mature Christians by moving them through a strategic process of experiencing God, growing faith, serving each other, and loving our world. Our goal is to provide a process that causes people to move through the following levels of growth and maturity:

  • Experiencing God through worship, prayer, and teaching.

  • Growing in faith by learning and living God’s Word.

  • Serving God and each other.

  • Loving our community and world.

Christian service

What is Christian service?

Christian service is identifying, using, and developing our God-given gifts in service to the body of Christ within the context of the local church.

Why is Christian service important?

 Christian service is important to our church, and to every Christian, for the following reasons:

The Bible teaches that each of us has the responsibility to be actively involved in ministry (Ephesians 4:12; Romans 12:3–8; 1 Corinthians 12:18–20; 1 Peter 4:10–11).

Each and every one of us was created with a unique mix of spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, temperament, and experiences that complement where God wants us to serve (S.H.A.P.E.). Most Christians never discover their S.H.A.P.E. or “ministry sweet spot.” It is our intention for you to discover how to strategically align your S.H.A.P.E. while serving within the ministries of Highpoint Church (1 Corinthians 7:7; Romans 12:6; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:18–20; Galatians 1:15–16; Jeremiah 29:11; John 15:16).

A recent study by researcher Christian Schwarz found that 72 percent of Christians who were serving in areas that complemented their gifts were happier than those who were not. No factor influences the contentedness of Christians more than whether they are utilizing their gifts or not.

The health of our church is dependent upon your knowing and using your spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:12–13; 1 Corinthians 12:1). Failing to serve in our giftings suppresses our God-given gifts and restricts God’s provision for our church (Romans 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:8–10; 12:28–30; 14:26; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:10–11). The Bible teaches that spiritual leaders are more effective when the body of Christ is actively using their gifts and pastors can focus on teaching, leadership, and prayer (Acts 6:1–3; Ephesians 4:7–16; 2 Timothy 3:16–17).

Each of us is accountable to God for how we use our gifts in service (Matthew 25:14-30; 1 Corinthians 3:1-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Christ’s obedient and humble service to the Father is our model for Christian service. The goal of the Christian life is to be like Jesus. Serving helps an individual to be more Christ-like and, in the process, will deepen the desire to help others and give a greater purpose to life (Matthew 20:28; Philippians 2:5–11).

Despite the fact that Christians are encouraged to model Christ’s example of servanthood (Matthew 20:28; Philippians 2:5–11), George Barna reported that volunteerism in the American church has declined over the past ten years. By using your gifts in service to the body of Christ, you are helping to turn the tide in this area of Christlikeness.

The Bible teaches us that faithfulness to God should result in good works that validate our faith. Belief, apologetics, and good theology are insufficient byproducts of faith if absent of service (John 15: 5-8; James 2:14–26).

Christian service
Christian service

Why is Christian service important?

 Christian service is important to our church, and to every Christian, for the following reasons:

The Bible teaches that each of us has the responsibility to be actively involved in ministry (Ephesians 4:12; Romans 12:3–8; 1 Corinthians 12:18–20; 1 Peter 4:10–11).

Each and every one of us was created with a unique mix of spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, temperament, and experiences that complement where God wants us to serve (S.H.A.P.E.). Most Christians never discover their S.H.A.P.E. or “ministry sweet spot.” It is our intention for you to discover how to strategically align your S.H.A.P.E. while serving within the ministries of Highpoint Church (1 Corinthians 7:7; Romans 12:6; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:18–20; Galatians 1:15–16; Jeremiah 29:11; John 15:16).

A recent study by researcher Christian Schwarz found that 72 percent of Christians who were serving in areas that complemented their gifts were happier than those who were not. No factor influences the contentedness of Christians more than whether they are utilizing their gifts or not.

The health of our church is dependent upon your knowing and using your spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:12–13; 1 Corinthians 12:1). Failing to serve in our giftings suppresses our God-given gifts and restricts God’s provision for our church (Romans 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:8–10; 12:28–30; 14:26; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:10–11). The Bible teaches that spiritual leaders are more effective when the body of Christ is actively using their gifts and pastors can focus on teaching, leadership, and prayer (Acts 6:1–3; Ephesians 4:7–16; 2 Timothy 3:16–17).

Each of us is accountable to God for how we use our gifts in service (Matthew 25:14-30; 1 Corinthians 3:1-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Christ’s obedient and humble service to the Father is our model for Christian service. The goal of the Christian life is to be like Jesus. Serving helps an individual to be more Christ-like and, in the process, will deepen the desire to help others and give a greater purpose to life (Matthew 20:28; Philippians 2:5–11).

Despite the fact that Christians are encouraged to model Christ’s example of servanthood (Matthew 20:28; Philippians 2:5–11), George Barna reported that volunteerism in the American church has declined over the past ten years. By using your gifts in service to the body of Christ, you are helping to turn the tide in this area of Christlikeness.

The Bible teaches us that faithfulness to God should result in good works that validate our faith. Belief, apologetics, and good theology are insufficient byproducts of faith if absent of service (John 15: 5-8; James 2:14–26).

Service

How does Christian service happen at Highpoint Church?

The Bible teaches that ministry is using whatever God has given you to serve Him and the needs of others. Highpoint Church offers several different training and equipping platforms to assist you in finding how you can serve.

A five-week class that teaches that service is not for a select few but rather for everyone because every member of our church is a minister. The Sweet Spot class is designed to help you discover your S.H.A.P.E. for ministry at Highpoint Church.

An online discovery tool used to reveal how God wants to use someone with your S.H.A.P.E. to minister at Highpoint Church.

A one-on-one coaching session with a trained ministry coach following the Sweet Spot class to help you match your S.H.A.P.E. with various ministry opportunities at Highpoint Church.

Empowering leaders to further develop their spiritual gifts and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives is important to us at Highpoint Church. One tool we use to do this is the High Point-Lay Leadership Resource Center. High Point consists of online training for volunteer workers serving in the ministries of Highpoint Church. It is accessed through the Internet by selecting the resource center link on our home page.

At Highpoint Church we feel that people learn best by doing. That is why we utilize on-the-job training rather than pre-service training. Once you have chosen a ministry to be involved in, you will be partnered with a person who has proven themselves in that field of ministry and you will learn by working alongside them.

What does Christian service look like?

Christian service is identifying, using, and developing your gifts in service to the body of Christ within the local church. How do you know that Christian service is taking place?

As Christians it is important that we know what our spiritual gifts are and use those gifts to minister to others and, therefore, build up the body of Christ (1 Peter 4:10).

Passion is a source of energy; it drives us to push through obstacles and explore opportunities. God gave you passion for particular activities, subjects, and circumstances. He gave you a heart for the things you feel deeply about and wants you to use that heart in service to Him.

Each of us has natural abilities and talents that come easy to us. These talents are not spiritual gifts, but skills and abilities that come to us naturally. The goal is to match our abilities with the right ministry (Romans 12:6).

God has wired your temperament in a unique way. This is very important when matching you to the right ministry. In order to fulfill your Kingdom purpose, you will need to embrace ministry opportunities that are in alignment with how God created you. Fulfillment lies in finding a ministry that allows you to express the most of who you are and how God wired you (Ephesians 2:10).

Your past has a purpose. God has placed a multitude of experiences in your life to help mold you for ministry. You can use those experiences to help heal the hurts of others (Romans 8:28).

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Production

What does Christian service look like?

Christian service is identifying, using, and developing your gifts in service to the body of Christ within the local church. How do you know that Christian service is taking place?

As Christians it is important that we know what our spiritual gifts are and use those gifts to minister to others and, therefore, build up the body of Christ (1 Peter 4:10).

Passion is a source of energy; it drives us to push through obstacles and explore opportunities. God gave you passion for particular activities, subjects, and circumstances. He gave you a heart for the things you feel deeply about and wants you to use that heart in service to Him.

Each of us has natural abilities and talents that come easy to us. These talents are not spiritual gifts, but skills and abilities that come to us naturally. The goal is to match our abilities with the right ministry (Romans 12:6).

God has wired your temperament in a unique way. This is very important when matching you to the right ministry. In order to fulfill your Kingdom purpose, you will need to embrace ministry opportunities that are in alignment with how God created you. Fulfillment lies in finding a ministry that allows you to express the most of who you are and how God wired you (Ephesians 2:10).

Your past has a purpose. God has placed a multitude of experiences in your life to help mold you for ministry. You can use those experiences to help heal the hurts of others (Romans 8:28).

Serve

How can I maximize my Christian service opportunities?

We want each and every person to grow in faith. Here is a short list of ways you can make the most of the service opportunities at Highpoint Church.

If you are not serving, find an “entry level” place of service in your Sunday school class. Each class has small service opportunities that are easy, needed, and do not require a big commitment. They are an excellent place for you to start.  We have a quick and simple online assessment tool that will help you discover which one of the service opportunities is best suited for you. Click here to take the survey.

Listen to the Finding Your Ministry Sweet Spot audio series on our web site. It is a four-part series taught by Pastor Gene consisting of the following four 30-minutes messages:

  • Part 1, The Game Needs You—In this teaching, you will learn four powerful reasons why you should find a place to be involved in ministry at Highpoint Church.
  • Part 2, Finding Your Ministry Sweet Spot—In this teaching, you will learn five ways to discover what God has designed you to do and be in the body of Christ.
  • Part 3, Bringing Your “A Game”—In this teaching, you will learn four things that hinder you from bringing your “A game” to Christian service.
  • Part 4, The Rewards of Optimal Service—In this teaching, you will learn five rewards of serving in your ministry sweet spot.

Your call to ministry will correspond to how God has gifted you to fulfill His will (Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:4–7; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:1–8). We offer a five-week class (Finding your Ministry Sweet Spot) several times a year to help you discover your spiritual gifts. It involves teaching, group interaction, and an online spiritual gifts assessment. Upon completion you will:

At some point you will need to move toward the next step in your journey to maturity. If you want to continue to grow in your faith, it is important for you to start sharing God’s love through involvement in outreach. Whether it’s now or later, the important thing to remember is to look to the next step of service in your journey.

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Next Step: Loving our world
START SERVING
Next Step: Loving our world