Sermon Recap: OUR SPIRITUAL CALLING based on Acts 1:3-8 and Ephesians 5:15-20

We are God’s children. Just as a mother wants her children to grow up and be successful in life, so too God wants us, his children, to grow in him and fulfill our spiritual calling and destiny. But it is up to each and every one of us to embrace that calling and live into it, just as it is up to us to follow in the counsel and wisdom our mothers provide. Hopefully it is our goal and aim to make both our mothers and our Lord proud!

We are called to be a witness for Jesus! (Acts 1:8) How can we find success in our spiritual calling? What tools are at our disposal to faithfully walk in that calling and make God proud?

  1. Wait on the Lord (Acts 1:4-5). The term “wait” here is best understood as “tarry,” or to wait with a focused purpose. Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength and mount up on wings like eagles (Isa 40:31). We wait on the Lord by spending time with him, clearing out our agendas, wishes, and desires, and seeking him with all we have. God rewards those who diligently seek him (Heb 11:6). We find our strength and draw closer to God the more we wait on him.
  1. Trust God to be God (Acts 1:7). Instead of seeking our will and pursuing what we believe should happen, we trust God to be God. We seek his way and take our hands off the steering wheel. We ask God what his thoughts are in everything we do before we walk out and act. Avoid the trap that willful teens fall into, believing that the parent is not working for the good. God is working for our good (Rom 8:28) to give us hope and a future (Jer 29:11).
  1. Power from on high (Acts 1:8). The word power in Greek is dunamis, the same word from which we derive dynamite! Just as dynamite can blast rock and break through things that could not be broken on its own, so too the Spirit gives us the power to break through. The Spirit in us is not weak but powerful and effective. When we step out into our calling, God supplies the power.

As we do these three things, we have the strength to walk out our calling as witnesses of God. But how can we demonstrate our witness in everyday life?

  1. Live wisely (Eph 5:15). Make choices according to wisdom and not foolishness. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 1:7). The more we seek to listen to the wisdom of our spiritual parent in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, the more we will live wisely. The more we reject God’s counsel, the greater the likelihood we will make a poor choice and reap the consequences.
  1. Make the most of your opportunities (Eph 5:16). Every situation can be an opportunity for God to work and use us. But in order to make the most of the opportunity, our eyes need to be open to the needs around us. Who can we touch? Who can we impact? Who can we show by our actions the love of Christ?
  1. Understand God’s will (Eph 5:17). The more we seek God’s will and put it into practice, the more it will strengthen our faith and trust in God. We can discern God’s will by putting ourselves and ambitions on the altar (Rom 12:1), silencing the voices of culture and others around us (Rom 12:2), and allowing the Spirit to change our thinking by renewing our minds (Rom 12:2). We must resist the trap of folly, forcing God to submit to our will.
  1. Be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18). Since the Spirit is our power source, we need to remain connected to the Spirit. The verb in this verse is meant to be understood continuously; we are to keep being filled with the Spirit! Just like a phone needs to be regularly plugged into the charger to regain its charge so it can operate with maximum power, so too we need to be regularly plugged into the Spirit so we can operate at our full strength! Avoid anything that can compromise or sap our spiritual life!
  1. Heart full of worship (5:19). Turn every situation into a song of praise to God, including the rough seasons. Paul understood this, singing in the midst of his prison cell in Philippi (Acts 16:25). Joyful singing causes the weary heart to take notice. Joy is infectious!
  1. Heart full of gratitude (5:20). In a world that struggles with complaints and the need for something more, let us be thankful for all we already have. Dissatisfaction will keep us in bondage; gratitude brings freedom!

Questions for Reflection

1) What barriers keep you from waiting upon the Lord?

2) Do you fully trust God with all your heart? If not, why? What is keeping you from full trust?

3) What needs have you seen around you? How can you be a witness for Jesus to that individual in need?

4) Do you actively pursue God’s will for your life?

5) What keeps you from walking in joy?

6) What are three things you are thankful for today?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday is Membership & Baptism Sunday! Pastor Ryan will conclude the study on the Foundations of the Holy Spirit series with the sermon titled, “Outward Declaration of an Inward Change” based on Galatians 5:16-25 and Acts 16:29-34. What is the evidence of a life changed by the Spirit? How do we show we have been changed forever by God? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for May 14 – 20

May 14: Psalm 22:1-24 What does this passage teach us about God (and Jesus)?

May 15: Psalm 23:1-6 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 16: Psalm 24:1-10 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 17: Psalm 25:1-22 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 18: Psalm 27:1-14 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 19: Psalm 28:1-9 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 20: Psalm 29:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, May 19–Baptism Sunday & Carry-in Celebration

Monday, May 20–Timothy Bible Study @ 7 pm (final Bible study until September)

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, June 2–Summer Hours Begin (First Sunday Breakfast @ 8:45 am, Sunday School @ 9:15 am, Worship @ 10:30 am)

Sunday, June 9–Graduate Recognition Sunday

Sunday, June 23–Outdoor Worship

Sunday, June 23–Vespers @ 5 pm

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of May is Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church WILL meet this Sunday, May 19. It will be the last Children’s Church until September.

Children’s Church will take the summer months off (June, July, August).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. So far, we have had only a few names sign up. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today!

BAPTISM

Baptism Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

*NOTE: The weather forecast for Saturday is very wet, which can potentially cause some trouble for parking down at the creekside. We may have to become creative! I will continue to update as the weather forecast becomes clearer and as alterations are made.

GRADUATES!

If you are graduating this year or know of a graduate, please call the office. We are aware of one graduate. We are in the process of planning graduate recognition Sunday.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is looking at sponsoring a church-wide trip to Sight & Sound in 2024. We should have more information in the coming weeks about a trip. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and let them know!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Joe Berry (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary G Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–May 14, 2024