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Service - A Call to Greatness

Throughout the Bible, God directs His people to service, both to those inside and outside the church. The mandate is clear:

  • 1 Peter 4:10“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace…” (ESV)
  • Mark 9:35 - “And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” (NKJV)
  • Titus 3:14 - "And let people learn to devote themselves to good works in order to meet urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive.” (NRSV)
  • 1 Samuel 12:24 - “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” (ESV)


These are just a few of the many passages dealing with service. Volunteerism, clearly, is very important to God. Why? For one thing, loving service to God shows others His love for them, and brings Him glory (Matthew 5:16, John 13:35).

Second, when we serve out of thanksgiving and love for what God has done for us in Christ, we’re actually honoring God’s two greatest commands. “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27, NKJV). We mirror the Great Servant, Jesus, in a small way, when we serve others (Philippians 2:6-7), and service to the poor, the forgotten, the vulnerable and members of the church, is an evidence of saving faith (Matthew 25:31-46, James 2:14-26). To top it off, Jesus said we will be richly blessed when we serve and give (Acts 20:25).

If you live in metro-Atlanta and would like to join us in serving low-income widows, single mothers, seniors and people with disabilities, we need both skilled and unskilled volunteers. Sign Up To Serve Here



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One Thing the World Desperately Need to See - The Visible Gospel

I think many in our country today share the following attitude towards Christianity: "Show me the gospel!!!" (with respects to the movie, Jerry Maguire). As society drifts away from knowledge of what the Bible teaches, I believe it's helpful for people to see Jesus (through Christians serving), so they can hear Jesus.

Jesus, Himself, in the Sermon on the Mount, directed His followers to, “...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16, ESV). 1 Peter 2:12 exhorts Christians to “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles (unbelievers) honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (ESV).

Decimated bathroomThat’s one of the things that’s so exciting about home repair. Homeowners, and those watching, understand how important it is to live in a safe home, and they can see the value and relief we provide, in Jesus’ name. Many of those we serve face very difficult financial decisions. Will the homeowner fix the leaky roof that threatens the structural integrity of the entire house, feed her family, buy her medication or pay utilities? Through our supporters and volunteers, HRM can help alleviate some of these financial and safety challenges, and serving them can provide an opportunity to share why we’re serving - the wonderful gift which Jesus has given us - eternal life and a personal relationship with God, through His shed blood, to pay for our sins (and it’s available to you, too, Mr. or Ms. Homeowner!).

Would you like to partner with us and help show and share the gospel with low-income homeowners? Support HRM's work