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god in church


A guide to recognising God's presence and assistance
when we are involved in Church ministry


The traditional/ mainline Protestant church to which I belong delivers outreach services to the local community. Although involvement in such services requires the donation of time from volunteers, there are rewards for those who do so. Indeed it is now evident that those who provide voluntary services to others in need actually receive tangible benefits for themselves  they are more likely to be physically and psychologically healthy.

But something greater than that occurs when doing so for the Church. If the service is delivered selflessly out of dedication to God, as an act of loving care to fellow human beings, then it is most likely that those engaged in it will witness his guidance and assistance within the process. For a start, things just tend to easily fall into place, far more than could be expected under the law of averages. And I mean that should even be obvious to a cautious thinker. Above and beyond that, it is most likely that expected outcomes will be met, if not surpassed, i.e. if we are genuinely selfless in our dedication and we invite God to assist and guide us. Gods methods of assisting us in our day-to-day lives is discussed more fully in the articles, His guiding hand and His helping hand.

When involved with a voluntary pastoral care team that ministers to hospital patients, I witnessed many events that were special. Sure, as Christians, we would expect to witness spiritual healing, but from my view of circumstances the healing was (strangely you might think in that setting) more likely to be emotional or psychological than physical. Of course, this is in contrast to the more graphic examples of healing that I have mentioned in the article, Gifts from the Spirit. I can also say that such events have exceeded my hopes for those people involved. To be honest, I have not at times even known what plight patients had been in prior to Gods gift of emotional/ psychological healing.

I also occasionally hear one way or another about subsequent events, e.g. what stuff has happened after my prayers of intercession for patients. I think God likes to let people ministering know occasionally what happens to those they have been involved with, as further proof to them of his loving presence  further enhancing their own faith; strengthening them in their resolve to continue serving him in their ministry.

Now this successful ministry stuff presumably goes on through all of Christendom. And it is certainly not just applicable to the so-called Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement. Unlike me, I do not believe that any of my fellow pastoral care team members are members of the movement, yet God utilises them effectively to glorify his name, and support other Christians under emotional and physical stress, all the same. In light of these types of positive faith and belief building outcomes, I certainly advise everyone to become involved with the Churchs ministry if at all possible. It is so satisfying I can assure you.

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