Pastor Chris brings back our sermon series from last summer called “One Word.” This series take a single word and focuses on what scripture and theological teaching broken down into bite-sized truths for everyday. You might have remember this series form our Church at the Park time. Each week we take a word and dive into how we can grow closer with God and deepen our relationship with Christ. This week’s word is “HELP.”
Help is a noun meaning aid, assistance, remedy and relief. Paul talks about this in Romans 10:12-13, “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Paul is saying, there is no difference between people who go to that church over there or that one. Therefore there is no difference in those who have various shades of colors of skin. Or those who wear different kinds of clothes. Who call home difference places in the world. In addition, those that drive different cars. Who have different levels of education. Or who speak different languages.
Continuing on, Paul talks about the character of God that, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” He is quoting the Old Testament verse from Joel. Joel was a prophet trying to tell the Israelite people that they had stopped worshipping God and had become complacent in their faith. They had started living their lives apart from God and doing just whatever they pleased no matter the results toward others. In other words, Joel was telling the Jewish people that all you have to do to change your life and get it back on track was to call for help or saving from God. And God would immediately save and rescue you.
Another translation of Romans 10:13 says, “…the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. ‘Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.’” We all need help from God. He is our provider. The only one who truly knows everything that is going on in our lives at this very moment. And who can provide for those needs. We are not alone. There are hundreds of accounts and verses in God’s Word that tell of the help He gives to His people. He understands our human struggles and He knows exactly what we need. He wants to help us!
Sometimes God helps us through help from others. He gives us guidance, comfort, encouragement through a friend or even a stranger. Sometimes he changes a situation by opening up a different opportunity, making a way, restoring something broken. Or sometimes He just wraps his arms around us through a terrible storm and hold us close. It is amazing that He knows both our strengths and our weaknesses. And He matches them up with the strengths and weaknesses of others!
God also allows us to parterre with Him in helping others. Have you ever thought about the fact that when you are helping others, you are not helping them alone? In other words, you are actually partnering with God in His great Kingdom strategy! And that we all who call ourselves Christians have in our job description to Help Others! Last week Joyce shared her story and through her she helped each and everyone of us by speaking truth into our lives and encouraging us and inspiring us and she specifically shared about the Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan helped.
The Good Samaritan lived out the call that we all have on our lives to be helpers. Fred Rodgers is famous for his quote “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. Therefore, you will always find people who are helping.’” We are the helpers. Above all, we The River Church family are helpers. How can you step out and help someone today?