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Peace, Love and Happiness

Help Yourself To Happiness

Ricky Powell - Lead Pastor

January 24, 2021

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. 

If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. 

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody. --- Chinese Proverb

For it is in giving that we receive. ---Saint Francis of Assisi

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. --- Winston Churchill

Giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping, because giving gives you purpose. When you have a purpose-driven life, you’re a happier person. --- Goldie Hawn

It is more blessed to give than receive. --- Jesus

The mission of our church is to glorify God by helping people love God, love others, and serve the world.

The vision of our church is that we serve as one church passionately united and focused on reaching the spiritually lost in our community through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

4 G’s

Gather, Give, Grow, Go.

The church is a group of baptized believers in Jesus who give themselves to a cause greater than themselves.

Acts 6:1–7 (ESV) 

1Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.  

2And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.  

3Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.  

4But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”  

5And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch.  

6These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.  

7And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. 

  • There are no menial, insignificant jobs in service through the church. 

  • We serve people among us while still being focused on the person who is not yet one of us.

  • The church is God’s Plan A, and there is no Plan B, C, or D. 

Bottom Line: You will find happiness in helping others.