Here at North Shelby, we believe service is an important part of our identity as believers, and we seek to operate in a way that highlights this belief. That commitment to service is seen both inside and outside of the church walls all throughout the year. Whether it is serving in some distant land or serving the least of these right here in our community, we consider it important for the people of North Shelby to be engaged in service.
However, as you read this you might be asking yourself the question, “Why Serve?” Well, the first and easiest answer is that Jesus Served. Throughout the Gospels we see Jesus setting an example for us by serving others. Mark 10:45 says of Jesus, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” In fact, one of Jesus’ last actions before His arrest and crucifixion was to wash the feet of His disciples, a humble act of service. His example and our obedience to Him are to be our motivation to serve.
While the fact that Jesus served should be sufficient enough motivation, we also see in scripture that each believer is gifted to serve. While we might feel inadequate to the task of serving, the Bible tells us that we are all uniquely gifted to serve. In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul gives us the picture of the church being like a body made up of a variety of different parts. Though the parts serve different functions, they all work together for the good of the body. In a similar way, we as church members are not all gifted to serve in the church in the same way, but we are all to be serving in some way as a part of the body.
It is also important to point out that here at North Shelby we want to be clear that our service doesn’t save us. Serving is a vitally important part of the life of a Christian. Faithful service is often an evidence of a life changed by God. But we must always remember that serving does not save us. Our acts of service or good deeds do not earn us favor with God. Salvation is by grace alone through faith in Jesus alone. We can’t earn our way into heaven by doing good deeds. But we do affirm that our salvation should result in good deeds done from a heart of grateful obedience to our Lord for so great a salvation we have received.
Some of the many ways people serve at North Shelby Baptist are:
Teachers (Preschool, Children, Students)
Mission Opportunities (Locally and Globally)
Various Committees and Teams