JASON DEES: Performing community service allows us to follow Jesus' example

Over the next 10 weeks, the members of First Baptist Church of Covington are going to be out in the community serving our fellow citizens. This is all part of an annual effort at First Baptist called Bless the Community: 10 Projects in 10 Weeks.

Our Lord Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. In following His example, it is our desire to minister to, serve, and meet the needs of this community. We are calling this series of projects, Bless the Community, because that is what we want to be, a blessing to this community.

Jesus said to His disciples, "You are the Light of the World, a city on a hill cannot be hidden." At First Baptist, we believe that we have been called to be that light, to serve others and to bring the light of Christ into a dark world with great needs.

Look for us out in the community over the next 10 weeks. The following are a few examples of the places we are serving and the projects that we are doing.

From Jan. 29 to Feb. 11, we are collecting 75 care packages for Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter men, women, and children. We will fill plastic shoeboxes with personal hygiene items (disposable razors, deodorant, body wash, soap, shampoo), socks, wash cloths, devotional book/coloring books with crayons for kids, small toy for kids, emery boards and fingernail polish for women.

From Feb. 19 to 25, we will support the Prison Ministry, which meets at the Newton County Detention Center, through prayer and softcover book donations including Bibles, devotional books and other Christian books.

From March 5 to 7, we will visit Merryvale Assisted Living residents and present a VBS to include prayer, Bible study and devotional time, crafts and music.

From March 11 to 25, as part of the First Baptist Laundromat Ministry, we will visit the local laundromat and provide quarters to help community residents with the expense of their laundry. This is a time for us to show God's love to them, receive their prayer requests and teach our children to serve.

For a complete list of all of our projects, please visit our website at www.firstbaptistcovington.com, or give us a call at 770-786-9031. We not only want to serve this community; we want you who are blessed to join us in this effort.

When speaking of the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus once taught that the righteous would be rewarded for serving Him, feeding Him, and giving Him drink. We read in Matthew the account of how the righteous responded, to Jesus' reward.

"Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'" (Matthew 25:37-40) ESV.

Jason Dees is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Covington. He can be reached at 770-786-9031 or www.firstbaptistcovington.com or www.facebook.com/jasondees.