Love God/ Love People
You cannot allow Christ to live through you and not be a servant.
Christianity is not a decision…
…you make or a list of truths you agree to. It is life of worship, a life of truth, a life of influence and a life of Serving. Only through servanthood can you be obedient to God’s call on your life.
Service to Others is Service to the King
Red is Worship/Heart. Everything flows from Worship. You start attending worship in the congregation. Then you are worshiping along side others and then you are in daily worship.
Blue is Word/Head. The Word of God… the truth… the living water! You may start attending Bible Studies, then teaching Bible Studies to a daily student of the Word.
Green is Walk/Habits. Through our walk we create relationships and the best way to do that at Connect Church is to join a Connect Group. The journey starts by joining a group, then leading a group and then creating relationships outside of church. Spreading the gospel by connecting with others around you. Neighbors, co-workers… cashier at Wal-Mart. Help People find and follow Jesus!
Yellow is World/Hands. With our hands we can serve. You are more than a volunteer you are a team of servants for the Kingdom. You are expanding the Kingdom by filling backpacks with food, teaching Connect kids classes or helping someone in the building from the parking lot. We are all the hands and feet of Christ. You start this by joining a serve team, leading a serve team and then everything you do becomes serving others.
Serving becomes Worship and the cycle starts over. We are in a constant state of change because “GROWING PEOPLE CHANGE”.
HAVE A SERVING IDEA?
Philippians 2:5-11 2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition 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 emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What you are is what you will do.
Verse 1-4, tells us that we are to be servants, just as Jesus was a servant. How was He a servant? Look at verses 6-11.
You say, “I can’t have the same ministry Jesus had, He was God, and I am not.”
True, but you can have the same attitude towards ministry, the same attitude toward servanthood, and that attitude will drive your actions. While you may not do the same thing Jesus did, your attitudes will be like Him and will produce Christlikeness.
Being a servant means giving up my rights for others
Phil 2:6 – Christ always has been, is, and always will be God. The original language here says that Christ was of the very same nature as God, that He was in fact God.
Jesus did not hold on to His rights as God.
He was not looking out for Himself, but for others. He surrendered His rights, for you and me. He gave up His privileges in order to come as a man and suffer a death we deserved.
If you and I are ever going to be servants, if we are going to have the same attitude as Christ, we are going to have to give up our rights, give up our privileges, in deference to others. This is what Jesus did and if we will follow Him, this is what we must do.
Servanthood will be rewarded
Because Jesus was obedient, because He humbled Himself, because He was willing to pay the price, He will be exalted. The Father has given Him the name at which every knee will bow and tongue confess that He is Lord. The Principle here is this: God rewards our humble, obedient service.
• Proverbs 22:4: “The result of humility is the fear of the LORD along with wealth, honor, and life.”
• Matthew 23:11: “The greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
• James 4:10: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.
Not all of God’s rewards are for this life, some are for the life to come (living with heaven in mind rather than with this earth in view.)
• Luke 14:11-14: “‘For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.’ He also said to the one who had invited Him. ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, or your rich neighbors, because they might invite you back and you would be repaid. One the contrary, when you host a banquet, invite those who are poor, maimed, lame or blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.'”
THE WHOLE PROCESS…
This attitude, this mindset of serving others instead of being served, of giving rather than getting of obeying rather than dominating is lived out in the many interpersonal exchanges we encounter every day. How we treat the checkout person at the grocery store, how we talk to the man collecting our garbage, who we are willing to wave at with a smile, who we share our faith with because we want everyone to miss Hell. It is, most often, not seen in how we treat those who are socially above us, but how we treat those who are socially beneath us.
Helping is the service and ministry facet of our church
Service is worship
Service is biblical ‘Jesus said best “the greatest servant is the leader”.
Service is influence
Through service we honor the one we worship
Through service we become obedient to Truth
Through service we influence for His Kingdom
Through service we hone spiritual gifts
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