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1 Eccl. 12:13-14

2 Introduction: 1. Eccl. 12:13-14 Only God gives life real meaning 2

3 Introduction: 2. Eccl. 3:11 Life seeks a purpose beyond the mundane animal level 3 11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world [eternity, NIV ] in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

4 Introduction: 3. What do we hope to accomplish in life? 4  Die a gang member  Die well educated  Die a drunkard  Die rich  Die a porn addict  Nice person w/o God  Be sexually immoral  Die a drug addict  Succeed in business & family w/o God  Die a family abuser  Die powerful  Die a liar, cheat, & thief  Serve God

5 Introduction: 4. Let’s learn to serve God! Learn from men who served God Learn from women who served God Determine to serve God today 5

6 I. Learn from Men Who Served God A. Abraham Traveled Long Dusty Roads Gen. 12:1-3 Persisted in serving God by faith in His promises 6

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8 I. Learn from Men Who Served God A. Abraham Traveled Long Dusty Roads Traveled hundreds of miles leading his family by faith in God 8

9 9 Ur of Chaldees Haran Hebron

10 I. Learn from Men Who Served God A. Abraham Traveled Long Dusty Roads Lived & died embracing these promises w/o seeing the final fulfillment We too travel long dusty roads enduring trials & disappointments serving God 10

11 I. Learn from Men Who Served God B. Moses Led in Spite of Constant Criticisms Num. 12:1-3 His critics included his family 11

12 Num. 12:1-3 His critics included his family 12

13 I. Learn from Men Who Served God B. Moses Led in Spite of Constant Criticisms Yielding to his role & the pressure of critics w/o giving up or retaliating Vindicated by God, pled mercy on his critics 13

14 I. Learn from Men Who Served God B. Moses Led in Spite of Constant Criticisms When doing our best to serve God, both friend & foe will criticize: examine self, be meek, be merciful, & trust all things to God 14

15 I. Learn from Men Who Served God C. Joshua Was Brave & Courageous Num. 14:9 “The Lord is with us: fear them not” Josh. 1:7 Strong & courageous 15

16 I. Learn from Men Who Served God C. Joshua Was Brave & Courageous Josh. 24:15 We will serve the Lord! 16

17 I. Learn from Men Who Served God C. Joshua Was Brave & Courageous We too can stand like Joshua & say, “We will serve the Lord!” 17

18 I. Learn from Men Who Served God D. David Had an Humble Penitent Heart 1 Sam. 13:14 “The Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart” 1 Sam. 17:47 Served God as a shepherd: killed a lion, a bear, & a giant soldier 18

19 1 Sam. 17:47 Served God as a shepherd: killed a lion, a bear, & a giant soldier 19 47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.

20 I. Learn from Men Who Served God D. David Had an Humble Penitent Heart 2 Sam. 12:13; Ps. 51:2-3 “I have sinned against the Lord:” heinous sins followed by deep heartfelt repentance 20 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

21 I. Learn from Men Who Served God D. David Had an Humble Penitent Heart Our lives become useful when we turn away from sin in deep heartfelt repentance & serve God—no matter how many times 21

22 I. Learn from Men Who Served God E. Peter Was a Slow Learner But He Learned Matt. 4:19 “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” Jn. 13:8 “Thou shalt never wash my feet” Lk. 22:34 “Thou shalt thrice deny me” Jn. 18:11 “Put up thy sword” 22

23 I. Learn from Men Who Served God E. Peter Was a Slow Learner But He Learned Jn. 21:15-19 “Lovest thou me?” “Feed my lambs.” Peter died in faithful service 23 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

24 I. Learn from Men Who Served God E. Peter Was a Slow Learner But He Learned If Peter could slowly learn how to serve God, why not you & me? 24

25 I. Learn from Men Who Served God F. Paul Fought the Truth, Then Taught the Truth 1 Tim. 1:12-13 The persecutor became the Apostle of Christ 25

26 1 Tim. 1:12-13 The persecutor became the Apostle of Christ 26

27 I. Learn from Men Who Served God F. Paul Fought the Truth, Then Taught the Truth 2 Tim. 4:6-8 Finished his work to the end 27

28 2 Tim. 4:6-8 Finished his work to the end 28 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

29 I. Learn from Men Who Served God F. Paul Fought the Truth, Then Taught the Truth Some today who fight the truth learn the truth and teach others the good news! 29

30 I. Learn from Men Who Served God G. Timothy Served God from His Youth Acts 16:1-3 Taught by mother, grandmother, brethren, & Paul from youth at Lystra 1 Tim. 4:12 Became a shining light 30 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

31 I. Learn from Men Who Served God G. Timothy Served God from His Youth Young people from all sorts of backgrounds find their way to God & resolve to serve Him today. 31

32 II. Learn from Women Who Served God A. Sarah Shared Abraham’s Faith While Traveling Long Dusty Roads with Him Heb. 11:11 Served God by bearing Isaac 32

33 II. Learn from Women Who Served God B. Jochebed Obeyed God Rather Than Gov’t Heb. 11:23 Protected Moses’ life C. The Young Maid Remembered God’s Prophet 2 Kgs. 5:2-3 Sent Naaman to Elisha 33

34 II. Learn from Women Who Served God D. Esther Risked Her Life to Do What Is Right Esth. 4:14 Asked King to Spare the Jews E. Mary & Martha Opened Their Home to Jesus Lk. 10:38-42 For physical & spiritual needs 34

35 II. Learn from Women Who Served God F. Eunice & Lois Invested Time in Children 2 Tim. 1:5 Planted seeds of faith in Timothy G. Numerous Widows Continue Serving 1 Tim. 5:9-10 Godly hospitable homes H. Women of All Ages Are Living Useful Lives Serving God in Many Ways Today! 35

36 III. Determine to Serve God Today! A. We Must Accept Responsibility for Our Sins— No Excuses, Denial, Blame Game, or Rationale Rom. 3:23 “All have sinned”— we cannot serve God living in sin 36

37 III. Determine to Serve God Today! B. God’s Love, Grace, & Mercy Offer Salvation Heb. 9:27-28 Christ offered perfect sacrifice for sin, arose, & will come again to receive us 37 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

38 III. Determine to Serve God Today! C. Submit to Christ to Receive Salvation Submit to Christ by obeying the gospel  Rom. 10:17 Open the heart to hear  Mk. 16:15-16 Believe the gospel of Christ  Acts 2:38 Repent of all sins  Rom. 10:10 Confess Christ as God’s Son  Mk. 16:15-16 Submit in water baptism 38

39 III. Determine to Serve God Today! D. Devote the Rest of Life to Serving God Mic. 6:7-8 Learn a right heart to God & man 39

40 Mic. 6:7-8 Learn a right heart to God & man 40

41 III. Determine to Serve God Today! D. Devote the Rest of Life to Serving God Matt. 22:38-40 Learn all God’s instructions to know how to love God 1 st & neighbor as self  Daily Bible study & prayer  Honesty & integrity in all matters  Faithful husband & wife, obedient children  Provide personal needs, share material & spiritual blessings 41

42 III. Determine to Serve God Today! D. Devote the Rest of Life to Serving God 1 Pet. 4:11 Use talents to serve God 42

43 1 Pet. 4:11 Use talents to serve God 43 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

44 III. Determine to Serve God Today! D. Devote the Rest of Life to Serving God 1 Pet. 4:11 Use talents to serve God  Teach the truth w/o addition or subtraction  Lead in prayer, songs, Lord’s Supper, giving  Elders, deacons, evangelists, & teachers  Attend all services to worship, learn, & edify  All have talents: invite, greet, encourage, help 44

45 Invitation: 1. Eccl. 12:13-14 Only God gives life real meaning 45

46 Invitation: 3. What do we hope to accomplish in life? 46  Die a gang member  Die well educated  Die a drunkard  Die rich  Die a porn addict  Nice person w/o God  Be sexually immoral  Die a drug addict  Succeed in business & family w/o God  Die a family abuser  Die rich  Die a liar, cheat, & thief  Serve God

47 Invitation: 4. Let’s learn to serve God! Learn from men who served God Learn from women who served God Determine to serve God today 47


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