I wanted to share this devotion I read today.  I pray that we all seek the Lord for a soft heart daily!   
(Alexander Smellie, “The Secret Place” 1907)

“Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root!” Mark 4:5-6

Much is said about these stony-ground hearers of the Word, which is attractive and hopeful. I anticipate a true life, a brave witness, an abundant harvest. But suddenly comes the check, the change, the fall. And what was the problem? Ah! the heart was wrong, and therefore everything was wrong!

1. The heart was unbroken. The rock had never been penetrated at all, and the seed died soon on its hard and impervious surface.

I wonder whether the stubbornness and the stolidity of my heart have been shattered. Have I been melted . . .
into practical concern of soul,
into the sense of spiritual neediness,
into godly sorrow,
into contrite prayer?
There can be no new birth and no vital growth, until then!

After an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the lava covered the fields with an apparently invincible crust; but the peasants bored holes in it, and pierced to the ground below, and planted their vines–and in due season gathered the grapes. Has the lava-crust of my heart been divinely pierced and overcome?

2. And the heart was shallow and superficial. It had no depth. Immediately beneath the thin layer of top-soil, was that rebellious and intractable adamant; the seed had not a sufficient resting-place and home.

This is the fatal fault of very many. They do not stop to think about unseen, eternal, heavenly things. They do not take time to consider their own miserable state of soul, and the grace of Jesus Christ. They nod, and glance, and bustle by. 

Again I ought to examine myself. I can be eager enough, and resolute enough, about earthly matters. But have I ever roused my very soul, have I ever set my face like a flint, to seek and find the Lord my Savior, my Righteousness, my Strength? There is no possibility of salvation for the superficial heart!

3. And the heart was dry. It had none of the moistening, subduing, fructifying influences of the Holy Spirit. If the showers descend upon the rocky soil, there is no loam to retain them and to derive a benefit from them.

Just so, does everything depend on the Spirit’s presence and work within me! Apart from His dews and gentle rains, I am helpless, hopeless, dead, damned. For until His almightiness renews me, until His waters slake and vivify my parched and thirsty being, until I receive the outpouring of the grace of God–I have no spiritual life.

Is it not a miserable heart, this heart of stone?

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh!” Ezekiel 36:26

We are on break of the summer.  Stay connected with the men’s and women’s events while we are on break.

 

Don’t Drift!

 

Stay Anchored to Jesus!

 

 

Leader Responsibilities

 

  • Have a heart for the people.  Be willing to invest in them and hear their hearts even when it’s hard.
  • Listen to the Sermon.  If you miss it we will have it podcast and website by the end of Sunday.
  • Complete Anchored Deep Page.  (Homework that all members will get)
  • Pray and ask the Lord to use you and work through you. We desire for God’s Spirit to lead these groups and for God’s grace to be poured out through them.
  • Lead the weekly Anchor Group meeting.  Lead a time of sharing.
  • (Whats going on in your life) 15-20 min
  • Go through the questions as the Spirit leads.  You should only be talking about 20% of the time.  Guide your group to the truths in the Word of God and Jesus himself.  Always get the eyes to look to Jesus.  45 min
  • Lead a time of prayer.  15-20 min
  • Greet everyone.  Make them feel cared for and comfortable.
  • Take note of the needs in your group and communicate those to your overseer.
  • Visit members in the hospital.
  • Handle Conflict, difficult people, and bad theology with grace and patience. Often “how” you say things is more important than what you say. Communicate all such instances to your pastor.

The Body of Christ has many needs.  And God has placed you specifically into His Body to meet those needs with love.  

If you would like to serve at White Flag Calvary, just fill out this application and we’ll get the process going.   You can email it to Pastor Shawn (shawn@whiteflagcalvary.org) or drop it off at church on Sunday.  Then be praying for the Lord’s direction and a heart to serve His people in love.

 

Here is a sermon from our current series about your role in the church.  SPEC OPS FOR JESUS

 

 

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