The Church at Work

 

“Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf [banquet] with hatred.”

That is what Proverbs 15:16 says about hospitality. At Tenth’s Mercy Dinners we provide both the love and the banquet for our homeless guests. Our hospitality offers an elaborate dinner and a commitment to provide a welcome, a relationship, and the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who…

 

Members often ask me how I am able to oversee so many ministries, write articles and books, train deacons, consult with other churches, and more. My answer is that I’m merely doing my best and using my gifts to honor God. I also try to make all of our ministry opportunities convenient, specific and measurable so anyone can participate. Because of that, ministry is shared by the…

“. . . this church opens wide her doors and offers her welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” For over thirty years now, our homeless and poor neighbors have learned to respect and love the hospitality and welcome they receive through Tenth’s mercy ministry.

When did the mercy ministry start? “Tenth Mercy”—i.e., ACTS—began in 1984 with a Thanksgiving dinner attended by forty homeless men and…

By Dr. David Apple, Director of Mercy Ministries

 

Several years ago, Tenth’s Missions Conference brochure said:

We are a sent people witnessing to salvation in Christ and participating to build up the Church.

Our mission ...

(a) begins in worship

(b) ministers in evangelism and compassion

(c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship


 

On March 27, I began a series entitled The Church at Work. In that Tenth Press, I encouraged you (and me) to reach out to one another, build up one another, visit one another, and come alongside one another. Living out our faith this way is the work of the church.

Someone asked Jesus the question, “What must we do to do the works…

 

What comes to your mind when you think of our church?

Some of you will think of Tenth’s building: a beautiful sanctuary with new flooring and carpeting, plus classrooms and meeting rooms. Others will think of worship services that includes a particular type of teaching and music that helps us to worship. Still others will think of excellent ministries like the Bible School, Special Needs…