Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center                                    

The FWCOC 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 FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.

The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief: Frequently asked questions to a Christian Ministry: Does God Speak to Us -- Part III, Moving Beyond Discernment.

Moving beyond discernment. What does this mean? Should we wait for God to speak to us before attempting to move and do something after a decision? Are there any decisions that are incorrect? These are all questions that should be understood as you plan to move beyond discernment. In everyday life, some people want confirmation for key decisions as being right or wrong. The context is still what God is giving us and are we listening and aware. In the Old Testament, we can think of contexts where God answers prayer. These days, we are in New Testament times and cannot sit around waiting on God to speak to us directly after praying. We need to pray, move on with what we have, and not sit and wait for God to immediately give a quick answer to a given set of circumstances. You must have faith, be in continual prayer and allow God to work at the right time.

If you are faced with a set of unforeseen circumstances, always strive to develop a "draft" decisive plan of action in your mind and use prayer to help refine and discern this plan. Don’t freak out and lose your faith or religion just because you make a decision and then the unexpected happens. You might think the decision is wrong just because you are suffering. If any man suffers, let him suffer as a Christian. Certainly, we suffer for doing what’s right. But if it is a correct decision and laughter comes into your psyche, you might perceive it as humiliating. But that laughter may be the result of you making a correct decision and defeating the Devil’s plan. Always remember that the Devil is hard at work and knows Scripture, and that you must be able to continue making decisions that are aligned with God’s Word. 

You may not always see the entire path or picture, but you should be able to take the correct path as you come to forks in the road. Just remember the initial prompting or reasons why you made the decision and continue from that point. Think about a decision you made in the past when you were deep in the Spirit, "praised and prayed up," and how quickly you were able to discern the next steps. Ultimately, if something is morally correct and it causes someone to ridicule you or negate what you are trying to do, this could be reassurance that you are making the right decision.

1 Corinthians 2:14 "The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit." (Source: Bible – New International Version (NIV))

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.

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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: bulletin@fwcoc.org