Avenues of Grace: Serving 

  • Every Christian is expected to serve.
    •  how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit† offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our† consciences from dead works so that we can serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14)
    • We are motivated by:
      • Obedience
        • It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere.  Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him. (Deut. 13:4)
      • Gratitude
        • But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you. (1 Samuel 12:24)
      • Gladness
        • Serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2)
      • Forgiveness, not guilt
        • Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar† with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your iniquity is removed and your sin is atoned for.   Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking: Who should I send? Who will go for us? I said: Here I am. Send me. (Isaiah 6:6-8)
      • Humility
        •  When Jesus had washed their feet and put on his outer clothing, he reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are speaking rightly, since that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.† For I have given you an example,† that you also should do just as I have done for you. “Truly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his master,†† and a messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:12-16)
      • Love
        •  For you were called† to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity† for the flesh, but serve one another through love. (Galatians 5:13)
  • Every Christian is gifted to serve
    • Spiritual Gifts
      • Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others,† as good stewards of the varied grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)
    • What is the Benefits of using our spiritual gifts?
      • Makes us more like Jesus
        • For even the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
      • Brings Glory to God
      • Demonstrates a Knowledge of God
        • For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  (Ephesians 2:10)
      • Expresses love for God
        • For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Hebrews 6:10)
      • Brings joy to God and people.
        • Joy to the one serving
          • I delight to do your will, O my God. (Psalm 40:8)
        • Joy to the one being served
          •  After he said this, he knelt down and prayed with all of them. There were many tears shed by everyone. They embraced Paul and kissed him, grieving most of all over his statement that they would never see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.† (Acts 20:36-38)
        • Joy to God
          • But do not forget to do good and to share for with such sacrifices God is well-pleased. (Hebrews 13:16)
  • What Changes Monday?  
    • You are expected to serve and gifted to serve, but are you willing to serve?
    • Is your church stronger because of you?
    • Do you do a servant’s work with a servant’s heart?
    • Are you a consistent worker, or a convenience worker?
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