2Matthew 23:11-12“The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
3Matthew 20:26-28“26Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
4“26Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. Matthew 26:26-27“26Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.”
8Philippians 2:3“Do nothing out of selfish ambition.” (What do I get?) “Do nothing out of ….. vain conceit.” (How do I look?)
9Philippians 2:3b-43b But in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
10Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
11Philippians 2:6Who (Jesus), being in very nature of God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.
12Philippians 2:7But made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
13Philippians 2:8And being found in the appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on the cross
14Philippians 2:13For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.
15JOHN 15:4-54 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
20RELATIONSHIP PRINCIPLE The Greatest are the Servants
21LIFE CHALLENGES OF THE SERVANT 1. AMBITION 2.DESIRE TO BE NOTICED 3. RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
22To experience real worship, TO DO GOOD WORKS (EPH 2:10)To experience real worship,To enjoy real fellowship with fellow believers,To learn real discipleship,To practice real ministry, andTo live out real evangelism.
23AMBITION: STEWARDSHIP Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish, the birds and over every creature that moves on the ground.”
24TO REFLECT THE CHARACTER OF GOD To reflect God’s love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 2:22)
25“Everything they do is for men to see.” Matthew 23:5a“Everything they do is for men to see.”
26PHARISEES LOVED TO BE NOTICED 1.They wear wide phylacteries and long tassels. 2.They love the place of honor at banquets and most important seats in the synagogues. 3.They love to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’
27HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THE TAX COLLECTOR TRUSTED GOD:First, he sought God’s righteousness,Second, he owned up his sins,And third, he worshipped God.
28Be the servant you were meant to be. CONCLUSIONBe the servant you were meant to be.
29APPLICATION Be a member of GCFNorth. Join a growth group. Have an inventory of your gifts and talents.Take daily the “Test of Greatness.” I will exalt myself or I will humble myself.Take time to ask our pastors their prayer requests.