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2 We can easily see from the Scriptures that the Christian is truly blessed.

3 There are obligations that come with our new opportunities. There are obligations that come with our new opportunities. The Christian has been called to serve God. We have been Saved To Serve. It is only reasonable that we be expected to serve God. There are duties that come with our new calling. There are duties that come with our new calling.

4 Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Be sure to carry out the work the Lord gave you. 2 Timothy 4:5 …Complete the ministry God has given you.

5 1 Cor 12: For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body…are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body is it therefore not of the body?

6 1 Cor 12: And if the ear should say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

7 1 Cor 12: But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

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11 Thus, the concept of servitude or servanthood is a significant part of what it means to be a Christian.

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17 Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Thy servants - Deut. 9:27) Moses (Thy servant – 1 Kings 8:53) Joshua (Servant of the Lord – Joshua 24:29) Caleb (My servant – Numbers 14:24) Job (My servant – Job 1:8) Isaiah (My servant – Isaiah 20:3) The prophets (My servants – Jeremiah 7:25)

18 James - (James 1:1) Paul – (Romans 1:1; Philippians 1:1) Peter – (2 Peter 1:1) Jude - (Jude 1) John – (Revelation 1:1)

19 He was foretold to come as the suffering servant Isaiah 52:13 See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted.

20 He did not come to be served, but to serve. Matthew 20:28 For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.

21 Even as our Lord and Master, He exemplified the servitude He desires in His disciples. John 13:14-15 And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each others feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. John 13:16 How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor are messengers more important than the one who sends them.

22 He will, if we put into practice the concepts of servanthood!

23 It involves absolute obedience, such as a slave-master relationship. The slave knows no law but his masters word. He has no rights of his own. He is the absolute possession of his master. He is bound to give his master unquestioning obedience.

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25 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or dont you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

26 We have to come to Jesus on His terms, not our own. Luke 6:46 So why do you call me Lord, when you wont obey me?

27 Otherwise, absolute obedience is not possible. When we have a humble opinion of ourselves, we are receptive to the idea of complete obedience.

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29 This is everything that they own!

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31 Christ said it should! Luke 17:10 – Luke 17:10 – In the same way, when you obey me you should say, We are not worthy of praise. We are servants who have simply done our duty.

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33 Since we became servants freely, it should be expected that we are loyal to Him first. Galatians 1:10 Obviously, Im not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christs servant.

34 Complain about having to do the will of God Complain about having to do the will of God Or being negligent or slothful in carrying out His will Or being negligent or slothful in carrying out His will

35 Some so-called servants of Jesus Christ act as though they are being forced against their own will!

36 But the alternative is not very inviting! No, you dont have to serve the Lord Jesus…

37 If we dont serve Jesus, then by default we serve Satan. And that means we go to hell!

38 But God loves us and has offered us His grace and salvation. Jesus died so we could live. How dare we ever grumble or complain that He calls us to life of service in grateful appreciation?

39 Jesus warned that we cannot serve God and mammon (Matt. 6:24) Jesus warned that we cannot serve God and mammon (Matt. 6:24) Serving the wrong things will render us fruitless (Luke 8:14) Serving the wrong things will render us fruitless (Luke 8:14) Paul said we can only serve the one we obey (Romans 6:16) Paul said we can only serve the one we obey (Romans 6:16)

40 Some limit how, where, and when they will serve. Moses tried to do this in Exodus 3: Many will agree to serve God, but only when it is convenient for them!

41 Some limit who they will serve, as Jonah tried to do (1:1-3)!

42 Many will serve God, but not when it means serving others (especially people they dont like)!

43 The Christian has been Saved To Serve Called to serve God and the Lord Jesus Christ Called to serve his brethren and those in the world

44 Romans 6:17-18 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you. Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness.

45 Romans 6:17-18 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you have obeyed with all your heart the new teaching God has given you. Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness.


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