God calls us to serve. God told Isaiah the prophet,
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? (Isaiah 58:6-7)
Why does South Lansing Christian Church make such a big deal about creating environments where you can serve God? Because when you serve you look like Jesus. That is why every believer that chooses to be discipled at South Lansing Christian Church is expected to serve.
Serve25 is based on the six areas of service found in Matthew 25.
"Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?"
"He said to me: 'It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.'"
"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."
"What should we do then?" the crowd asked. John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same."
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'."
"Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."