What Do You Think of Service? Superficial? Expectation of others? Measurement of worth?
Service Mark 9:35 –And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all. –Do you want to be first? –Do you want to serve? –The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Gandhi
Live Service Joshua 24:15 Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Live Service Philippians 2:5-8 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Live Service Matthew 20:26-28 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Live Service Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Live Service 1.Choose – Joshua 24:15 2.Humble Yourselves – Philippians 2:5-8 3.Become a Slave – Matthew 20:26-28 4.Live a Sacrifice – Romans 12:1-2 To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. – Douglas Adams (British Musician & Author)
Teach Service Ephesians 6:5-9 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
Teach Service If we have the heart of a child, we will have little difficulty being servants, and if we have the attitude of servants, we will welcome the children as the representatives of Jesus Christ and the father. - Warren Wiersbe –How can we teach? Relationships Study Life
Teach Service Jesus was the ultimate teacher of service –And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me. –Mark 9:36-37 –Jesus makes a great application to His disciples here –What was he saying?
Die Serving Phillipians 1:12-21 –Paul served to advance the Gospel –Imprisoned for Christ –Taught others how to be bold in service (v14) –Christ was honored in Pauls body –Alive – Paul served Christ –Dead – Gain through Christ
Die Serving I Peter 1:18-19 Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
Die Serving Matthew 25:31-46 –We cant perform great miracles to prove our love and service to Christ –But, when we compassionately share a cup of cold water, hold and umbrella for a friend, go the extra mile. …..we can truly show evidence that we have a humble heart of a servant.
Die Serving Righteous Hungry were fed Thirsty were given drink Strangers were welcomed Naked were clothed Sick were visited Imprisoned were come unto Those on His Left Hungry not fed Thirsty no given drink Strangers unwelcomed Naked unclothed Sick not visited Imprisoned were left alone