Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center
The FWCC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10).
The FWCC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.
The FWCC Ministry In-Brief: Frequently asked questions to a Christian Ministry: Does God Speak to Us -- Part I, Foundational.
Does God speak to us? First and foremost, what does “speak” mean? Merriam-Webster defines speak as: to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice; to make a written statement; to make known in writing; to indicate by other than verbal means. These are great definitions to show the vast ways to define this term. However, if we want to truly understand how God speaks to us, it is important to analyze the various possibilities.
Christians believe that God speaks to us through his Word, the Bible. If we are honest with ourselves before we make major decisions, our minds assess the situation. We then realize that something is going on and inherent prompting pushes us to make a decision. What speaks to us in our mind comes from things that we have read or heard, which then become a part of our overall learning experience for continued guidance. We need to determine where this guidance is coming from. Our ultimate answer must come from the Word of God.
Our conscience speaks to us during major decisions, and if our thoughts come from God’s Word, then God really is speaking to us. This should not be mystic. We need to be careful to discern the source of guidance because our conscience is based on what we put in it. For example, you may not want your child going to places that you don’t think are appropriate for a child to visit, but how did you come to this conclusion? By experience? Have you seen places where people do things that shouldn’t be done? Or is this conclusion based on a moral code that comes from the Bible?
Ultimately, if you use the Bible to define your moral code, you are absorbing inaudible written words that define how you live. As such, we can say that God is speaking to us (Continued in Part II -- Does God Speak to Us, Practical Approaches).
Romans 10:17 "17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ."
1 Thessalonians 2:13 "13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe."
Ministry: Frequently asked questions to a Christian. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Gary Smith, Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Family Life Center.
Ministry In-Brief Archive:
Resource Center Highlights
The Goals and Vision of the center are to:
(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;
(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;
(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and
(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.
Some services require pre-registration or accompaniment by a member. Space is limited. Call or email us for additional information. Tel: 713-672-2654, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org