Still 'Flying High' at PASSAGE

Pastor concludes his "Blessed to Be a Blessing" series

Pastor George Dix Jr. tells members of the congregation to hold their copies of the Bible in the air as he prepares to read the scripture Sunday during the worship service at PASSAGE Family Church.

Brad McClenny/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.

PASSAGE Family Church is soaring to new heights with a commitment to be a blessing to others as God has blessed the church.



* Pastor: Senior Pastor George B. Dix Jr.

* Location: Main Campus, 2020 NE 15th St.; East Campus, 5000 E. University Ave.

* Services: Sundays, 8 a.m., “Flying High” Morning Worship; 9:30 a.m., Morning Glory Worship Service (East Campus) and Enlightening School; 11 a.m., Sunday Morning Glory Worship Service and Children's Church (1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays); Wednesdays, noonday prayer service; 6 p.m., intercessory prayer, and 7 p.m., PASSAGE Bible study and prayer service.

* Phone: 352-336-8686.

The pastor of the church, Senior Pastor George B. Dix Jr., ended a four-part series Sunday on "Blessed to Be a Blessing," which was fitting because his wife, Lady Michelle Dix, was recognized during the service as one of four east Gainesville pastors who will receive the inaugural "Community Energizer Award" by Gainesville Regional Utilities.

Nona Jones, director of government and community relations for GRU, presented Dix with the award.

Jones told the PASSAGE congregation that they have a "jewel among you," adding that it is her belief that Dix "has changed the face of Gainesville by her sweet spirit and by accepting the call from God to impact lives."

Jones said she was honored to give Dix the award becausee she is very deserving of it. Jones said GRU decided to give the award, which will be awarded to faith-based leaders who do a lot to make an impact on the lives of people in Gainesville, in October during Clergy Appreciation Month.

"You all know there are many, many faith-based leaders in Gainesville who do amazing work, but let me tell you that she is only one of four that was selected for recognition for this award," said Jones, as parishioners stood and loudly applauded.

Later in the service, George Dix delivered an inspiring sermon that focused on the subtopic, "The Power of Right Giving."

He preached from Colossians 3:23-24 and II Corinthians 9:6-7, emphasizing what it means to be blessed. He said to be blessed means to be spiritually empowered, among other things. He then discussed two biblical truths about blessings. He said the first one is that God's covenant of blessing is neither randomly applied nor arbitrarily enforced.

"Only those in the covenant of God, and only those who have accepted his son Jesus and his finished work on the cross have access to the grace and the empowerment in our lives," Dix said.

He said the second Bible truth about blessings is that God has an awesome plan for each believer.

"We control the level of manifestation of that blessing according to God's plan in our lives," Dix said. "God is not going to force his favor on us."

Dix also gave parishioners several golden nuggets about being blessed to ponder. They were:

* Being blessed is not about stuff.

* Decree the word of God, then believe it.

* All things in the kingdom of God operate by grace through faith.

* Greater and more abundant blessings consistently come to those who give to God's purposes.

* It's God's way to give rather than to receive.

* There is no lack in Christ.

Dix said it is impossible for people to believe in the "blesser and not be blessed."

Near the end of his sermon, Dix talked about the mission work the church does in Africa, Haiti and at home in the Gainesville community. He urged parishioners to contribute to a special offering being collected to fund the mission and outreach work at the church.

"God promises to give us an overflow, so we can be a blessing to somebody else," Dix said.

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