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1 I Want 2 ENGAGE

2 ENGAGE Priesthood of the believer: 1 Peter 2:9...But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into marvelous light

3 “That the pope or bishop anoints, makes tonsures, ordains, consecrates, or dresses differently from the laity, may make a hypocrite or an idolatrous oil-painted icon, but it in no way makes a Christian or spiritual human being. In fact, we are all consecrated priests through Baptism, as St. Peter in 1 Peter 2[:9] says, "You are a royal priesthood and a priestly kingdom," and Revelation [5:10], "Through your blood you have made us into priests and kings.” MARTIN LUTHER COOL HAT

4 ENGAGE What does this mean today? Ephesians 4:11...and he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of christ

5 ENGAGE to equip the saints for the work of ministry NOT to equip the saints with the work of ministry

6 CRUISE SHIP BATTLE SHIP

7 ENGAGE This is war! 2 Corinthians 10: For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

8 ENGAGE You are being enlisted Matthew 4: While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

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10 ENGAGE who was jesus? what was his character? if we are going to follow him, what is the pattern that we are following?

11 ENGAGE TWO KEY WORDS: 1.SERVANT 2.LEADER

12 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 1. Humility (position) - phil 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.

13 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 2. Seeks learning & wisdom - Luke 2:40, And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him....After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

14 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 3. Receives instruction (agenda) - John 5:30...“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

15 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 4. Compassionate - Matt 15: And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

16 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 5. Makes & Keeps commitments - Mark 14: And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

17 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 6. Forgives others (Rights) - Matt 6: For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

18 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 7. Makes disciples - matt 28: Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. and when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

19 SERVANT LEADERSHIP The Idea of Servant-Leadership is an idea with great tension. 1.The Heart of a Servant 2.The Vision of a Leader

20 SERVANT LEADERSHIP “A triviality is a statement whose opposite is false. However, a great truth is a statement whose opposite may well be another great truth." NIELS BOHR Nobel Prize Physics 1922

21 SERVANT LEADERSHIP “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." F. SCOTT FITZGERALD Writer

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23 Engage: Session 2 The heart of a Leader

24 SERVANT’S HEART John 13… Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper.

25 SERVANT’S HEART He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.”

26 SERVANT’S HEART Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

27 SERVANT’S HEART 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater

28 SERVANT’S HEART than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

29 ELBERT HUBBARD RESPECTABILITY: ITS RISE AND REMEDY 1905

30 Elbert Hubbard I HOLD these truths to be self-evident: That man was made to be happy; That happiness is only attainable through useful effort; That the best way to help ourselves is to help others, and often the best way to help others is to help ourselves; That useful effort means the proper exercise of all our faculties; That we grow only through this exercise;

31 Elbert Hubbard That education should continue through life, and the joys of mental endeavor should be, especially, the solace of the old; That where men alternate work, study and play in right proportion, the organs of the mind are the last to fail, and death for such has no terrors; That the possession of wealth can never make a man exempt from useful, manual labor; That if all would work a little, none would ever be overworked;

32 Elbert Hubbard That if no one wasted, all would have enough; That if none were overfed, none would be underfed; That the rich and "educated" need education quite as much as the poor and illiterate; That the presence of a serving class is an indictment and a disgrace to our civilization;

33 Elbert Hubbard That the disadvantage of having a serving class falls most upon those who are served, not upon those who serve—just as the real curse of slavery fell upon the slave-owner; That the presence of a serving class tends toward dissolution instead of toward co-operation; That people who are waited on by a serving class cannot have a just consideration for the rights of others, and that they waste both time and substance, both of which are lost forever, and can only partially be made good by additional human effort;

34 Elbert Hubbard That the person who lives on the labor of others, not giving himself in return to the best of his ability, is really a consumer of human life, and therefore no better than a cannibal; That each one living, naturally will do the thing he can do best, but that in useful service there is no high nor low; That all duties, offices and things which are useful and necessary are sacred, and that nothing else is or can be.

35 SERVANT’S HEART Phil 2...Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

36 the scriptures Matt 20...But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

37 RICHARD FOSTER “IN SOME WAYS WE WOULD PREFER TO HEAR JESUS’ CALL TO DENY FATHER AND MOTHER, HOUSES AND LAND FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL THAN HIS WORD TO WASH FEET. RADICAL SELF DENIAL GIVES THE FEEL OF ADVENTURE. IF WE FORSAKE ALL, WE EVEN HAVE THE CHANCE AT GLORIOUS MARTYRDOM. BUT IN SERVICE WE MUST EXPERIENCE THE MANY LITTLE DEATHS OF GOING BEYOND OURSELVES. SERVICE BANISHES US TO THE MUNDANE, THE ORDINARY, THE TRIVIAL”

38 RICHARD FOSTER “IN THE DISCIPLINE OF SERVICE THERE IS ALSO GREAT LIBERTY. SERVICE ALLOWS US TO SAY ‘NO!’ TO THE WORLD’S GAMES OF PROMOTION AND AUTHORITY. IT ABOLISHES OUR NEED AND DESIRE FOR A ‘PECKING ORDER’”

39 SERVANT’S HEART 1 Cor Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

40 SERVANT’S HEART Romans 14:8...For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.

41 MOTHER THERESA “I belong to Jesus. He must have the right to use me without consulting me”

42 RICHARD FOSTER “Right here we must see the difference between choosing to serve and choosing to be a servant. When we choose to serve, we are still in charge. We decide whom we will serve and when we will serve. And if we are in charge, we will worry a great deal about anyone who is stepping on us, that is, taking charge over us. But when we choose to be a servant, we give up the right to be in charge. If we voluntarily choose to be taken advantage of, then we cannot be manipulated.”

43 SERVANT’S HEART Mark 9...And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 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.”

44 Are you willing to be a servant?

45 Concerns to consider People often serve others from their own need for approval or for significance We need to identify and work toward serving the real needs of others and not ‘caving’ into their wants and demands Many people have a desire for status or to feel important and will never truly embrace the position of servant

46 Concerns to consider Many people often attempt to meet their own felt needs by meeting the needs of others Self-centered living or seeking happiness from the world rather than in the Savior and His purpose and call on one’s life Doing the “work of God” can cause us to lose our relationship with the God of the “work”

47 what roadblocks would keep you from being a servant?

48 How to Develop a Servant’s Heart 1. Recognize that Status is irrelevant 2. Select a Ministry in your church and make a commitment to serve engaging in practical deeds to fulfill God’s calling 3. Identify yourself as FAST Faithful Available Submitted Teachable

49 How to Develop a Servant’s Heart 4. Understand that Satan’s heart is the direct opposite of a Servant’s heart. 5. Keep a journal to mark your service and reflect monthly to see how God is working in and through your life.

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52 Teaching Manuscript

53 I Want 2 ENGAGE

54 ENGAGE Priesthood of the believer: 1 Peter 2:9...But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into marvelous light (it is important to note this passage is written to regular people. Everyone has the responsibility to be a priest)

55 “That the pope or bishop anoints, makes tonsures, ordains, consecrates, or dresses differently from the laity, may make a hypocrite or an idolatrous oil-painted icon, but it in no way makes a Christian or spiritual human being. In fact, we are all consecrated priests through Baptism, as St. Peter in 1 Peter 2[:9] says, "You are a royal priesthood and a priestly kingdom," and Revelation [5:10], "Through your blood you have made us into priests and kings.” MARTIN LUTHER (the cool hat thing is just for a laugh) COOL HAT

56 ENGAGE What does this mean today? Ephesians 4:11...and he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of christ (in America we have changed this around. No longer do we have the mindset that we are to be equipped for the work of the ministry, but instead believe the ministry belongs to the church)

57 ENGAGE to equip the saints for the work of ministry NOT to equip the saints with the work of ministry

58 CRUISE SHIP (a problem in the American church is we have a cruiseship mentality When it comes to church. We want everything to look real nice, we want a Friendly wait staff and greeters, we want a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, One in which we are not expected to do any work. Our evangelism is a reflection of this: we think we need to bring people to church,So they can hear about Jesus.) BATTLE SHIP (The reality is that we are at war. We need to operate As one body, where everyone has a specific role to play. On a battleship Everyone has a job, but they also have a responsibility to the ship. A baker has a job to bake, but if the ship is under attack and the person Shooting the gun gets hit, the baker knows that it is his responsibility to jump into that spot and start shooting. Everyone on the battleship Knows what their job is, and they also know they have a responsibility To the ship. The church is the same way. )

59 ENGAGE This is war! 2 Corinthians 10: For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

60 ENGAGE You are being enlisted Matthew 4: While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

61 Jesus recruiting his disciples

62 ENGAGE who was jesus? what was his character? if we are going to follow him, what is the pattern that we are following? (As Christians we are called to be like Christ, so who was Jesus, what was..., if we are... )

63 ENGAGE TWO KEY WORDS: 1.SERVANT 2.LEADER (the next several slides will cover the 7 characteristics of servant leadership: take time to cover each point including what it looks like lived out and what does the opposite of this characteristic look like.)

64 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 1. Humility (position) - phil 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.

65 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 2. Seeks learning & wisdom - Luke 2:40, And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him....After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

66 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 3. Receives instruction (agenda) - John 5:30...“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

67 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 4. Compassionate - Matt 15: And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

68 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 5. Makes & Keeps commitments - Mark 14: And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

69 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 6. Forgives others (Rights) - Matt 6: For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

70 Jesus’ 7 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership 7. Makes disciples - matt 28: Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. and when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

71 SERVANT LEADERSHIP The Idea of Servant-Leadership is an idea with great tension. 1.The Heart of a Servant 2.The Vision of a Leader (Great tension: heart of a servant often times conflicts with the vision to be a leader. People often choose one or the other, but Jesus said to be both. )

72 SERVANT LEADERSHIP “A triviality is a statement whose opposite is false. However, a great truth is a statement whose opposite may well be another great truth.“ (Triviality: was Jesus 100% God or 100% man? Both Can Justice and Mercy be expressed in its fullest at the exact same time? And yet God is both just and merciful.) NIELS BOHR Nobel Prize Physics 1922

73 SERVANT LEADERSHIP “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.“ (Servant Leadership is not something that comes naturally to us, but something that God can use in amazing ways. It is up to us to hold the tension between the two.) F. SCOTT FITZGERALD Writer

74 Engage: Session 2 The heart of a Leader

75 SERVANT’S HEART John 13… Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper.

76 SERVANT’S HEART He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.”

77 SERVANT’S HEART Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

78 SERVANT’S HEART 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater

79 SERVANT’S HEART than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. 18 I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ 19 I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

80 ELBERT HUBBARD RESPECTABILITY: ITS RISE AND REMEDY 1905 (book criticizing American Culture for raising a serving class. His criticism was directed to how we look down upon servants.) (Next slide is from the book intro)

81 Elbert Hubbard I HOLD these truths to be self-evident: That man was made to be happy; That happiness is only attainable through useful effort; That the best way to help ourselves is to help others, and often the best way to help others is to help ourselves; That useful effort means the proper exercise of all our faculties; That we grow only through this exercise; (in other words, if we are to grow, we have to work at it, we have to be willing to serve and get our hands dirty)

82 Elbert Hubbard That education should continue through life, and the joys of mental endeavor should be, especially, the solace of the old; That where men alternate work, study and play in right proportion, the organs of the mind are the last to fail, and death for such has no terrors; That the possession of wealth can never make a man exempt from useful, manual labor; That if all would work a little, none would ever be overworked; (these last two statements are contradictory to our society, we try to rise to a place of becoming free of manual labor. I was driving with my uncle one time and we were driving through some construction with workers on the left and right. My uncle told me, “see those guys working out there?” I responded, “yes.” He then said, “get a college education unless you want to end up fixing roads like they are.” I remember being a little put off thinking, “what if I want to do that” but I never said that out loud! His point was not to be a jerk, but to instill the message the lack of college degree means you will have to work hard in what could be perceived as a menial job.)

83 Elbert Hubbard That if no one wasted, all would have enough; That if none were overfed, none would be underfed; That the rich and "educated" need education quite as much as the poor and illiterate; That the presence of a serving class is an indictment and a disgrace to our civilization;

84 Elbert Hubbard That the disadvantage of having a serving class falls most upon those who are served, not upon those who serve—just as the real curse of slavery fell upon the slave-owner; That the presence of a serving class tends toward dissolution instead of toward co-operation; That people who are waited on by a serving class cannot have a just consideration for the rights of others, and that they waste both time and substance, both of which are lost forever, and can only partially be made good by additional human effort;

85 Elbert Hubbard That the person who lives on the labor of others, not giving himself in return to the best of his ability, is really a consumer of human life, and therefore no better than a cannibal; (Do you know how many cannibals we have in the church? Those who may not say, but live out with their actions the notion of “you serve me, but don’t ask me to help.” I won’t bother mentioning the children’s ministry on this one.) That each one living, naturally will do the thing he can do best, but that in useful service there is no high nor low; That all duties, offices and things which are useful and necessary are sacred, and that nothing else is or can be. (the pastor and the janitor are on equal playing field. The greeter at the door, and the accountant that counts the tithe every week are on equal playing field. The volunteer in the coffee shop and the audio volunteers are on the same playing field)

86 SERVANT’S HEART Phil 2...Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

87 the scriptures Matt 20...But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

88 RICHARD FOSTER “IN SOME WAYS WE WOULD PREFER TO HEAR JESUS’ CALL TO DENY FATHER AND MOTHER, HOUSES AND LAND FOR THE SAKE OF THE GOSPEL THAN HIS WORD TO WASH FEET. RADICAL SELF DENIAL GIVES THE FEEL OF ADVENTURE. IF WE FORSAKE ALL, WE EVEN HAVE THE CHANCE AT GLORIOUS MARTYRDOM. BUT IN SERVICE WE MUST EXPERIENCE THE MANY LITTLE DEATHS OF GOING BEYOND OURSELVES. SERVICE BANISHES US TO THE MUNDANE, THE ORDINARY, THE TRIVIAL”

89 RICHARD FOSTER “IN THE DISCIPLINE OF SERVICE THERE IS ALSO GREAT LIBERTY. SERVICE ALLOWS US TO SAY ‘NO!’ TO THE WORLD’S GAMES OF PROMOTION AND AUTHORITY. IT ABOLISHES OUR NEED AND DESIRE FOR A ‘PECKING ORDER’”

90 SERVANT’S HEART 1 Cor Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

91 SERVANT’S HEART Romans 14:8...For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.

92 MOTHER THERESA “I belong to Jesus. He must have the right to use me without consulting me”

93 RICHARD FOSTER “Right here we must see the difference between choosing to serve and choosing to be a servant. When we choose to serve, we are still in charge. We decide whom we will serve and when we will serve. And if we are in charge, we will worry a great deal about anyone who is stepping on us, that is, taking charge over us. But when we choose to be a servant, we give up the right to be in charge. If we voluntarily choose to be taken advantage of, then we cannot be manipulated.”

94 SERVANT’S HEART Mark 9...And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 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.”

95 Are you willing to be a servant?

96 Concerns to consider People often serve others from their own need for approval or for significance We need to identify and work toward serving the real needs of others and not ‘caving’ into their wants and demands Many people have a desire for status or to feel important and will never truly embrace the position of servant

97 Concerns to consider Many people often attempt to meet their own felt needs by meeting the needs of others Self-centered living or seeking happiness from the world rather than in the Savior and His purpose and call on one’s life Doing the “work of God” can cause us to lose our relationship with the God of the “work”

98 what roadblocks would keep you from being a servant? (Take a moment to write down some things on your paper)

99 How to Develop a Servant’s Heart 1. Recognize that Status is irrelevant 2. Select a Ministry in your church and make a commitment to serve engaging in practical deeds to fulfill God’s calling 3. Identify yourself as FAST Faithful Available Submitted Teachable

100 How to Develop a Servant’s Heart 4. Understand that Satan’s heart is the direct opposite of a Servant’s heart. 5. Keep a journal to mark your service and reflect monthly to see how God is working in and through your life.


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