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Saved to Serve

Saved to Serve

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Published by Uchenna F. Bekee

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Published by: Uchenna F. Bekee on Mar 26, 2011
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Saved To Serve
INTRODUCTION:A. As we continue to study the significance of Christianity, we need to realize that:1. Every right implies a responsibility2. Every opportunity implies an obligation3. Every possession implies a dutyB. Enjoying a Christian relationship with God involves accepting the responsibilitiesinherent in that relationship1. Duty without doctrine is like a tree without roots2. But doctrine without duty is like a tree without fruitC. A Christian is a person called to God·s service1.1 Thessalonians 1:9 2. We are obligated to fulfill our individual service3.Colossians 4:17 D. Let us now explore how we are saved to serveDISCUSSION:A. THE KINGDOM IS A REALM OF ACTIVITY1. This fact is seen in the various designations used to describe Christians:a. ´Branchµ (Jn. 15:1-8) that bears fruitb. ´Farmerµ (2 Cor. 9:6) that plantsc. ´Soldierµ (2 Tim. 2:3-4) that warsd. ´Athleteµ (1 Cor. 9:24-27) that runse. ´Memberµ (Rom. 12:3-8) that using his talents2. As Christians we are to be:a. ´Fruitfulnessµ (Mt. 13:1-9) ³Colossians 1:10 b. ´Usefulnessµ (2 Tim. 2:20-21)c. ´Profitableµ (2 Tim. 4:11)d. In all this we should see that Christians are a part of a kingdom of activity3. A Christian·s aim should be to do God·s willa. Notice Jesus· attitude ³John 6:38² is this true of us?b. Doing God·s will pleases God-2 Corinthians 5:9 c. A non-active Christian puts his soul in jeopardy (Mt. 25:31-46)d. The spiritual ´freeloaderµ who is ´just along for the rideµ will be sadlydisappointed ²Matthew 7:21 e. Unused abilities/opportunities will eventually be withdrawn ²Isaiah 5:1-7 f. We are responsible for doing what we can ²Mark 14:8 B. CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE WORKERS
 
1. Christians are identified as:a. ´Workersµ1)1 Thessalonians 1:3 2)2 Timothy 2:15 b. ´Laborersµ1)Matthew 9:37-38 2)John 6:27 2. A Christian·s activity must consist ofa. ´Work for the Lordµ-1 Corinthians 15:58 b. ´Good worksµ1)Matthew 5:16 2)1 Peter 2:12 3) Jesus went about ´doing goodµ (Acts 10:38)4) God is able to ²Hebrews 13:21 3. We need to be honest with ourselves, and asks questions concerning our abilitiesand opportunitiesa. Concerning our abilities we need to ask:1) In what ways am I especially blessed by God?2) What do I posses that might be used in the Lord·s work?3) What do I derive fulfillment from doing?4) What do I enjoy doing?5) What comes naturally for me?6) What might I learn to do?b. Concerning our opportunities we need to ask:1) What needs to be done in the Lord·s work?2) What scriptural restrictions govern the work?3) What other factors may limit my opportunity?4) What is now being done inadequately?5) What problems exist that need to be solved?6) What are others doing that I need to help do?4. We need to develop certain attitudes concerning our Christian work:a. Gratitude for the privilege ²1 Timothy 1:12 b. Initiative, willing to work without having to be prodded²1 Timothy 4:12 c. Be positive ³Philippians 2:14 d. Enthusiasm, as an example note ²2 Corinthians 9:7 e. A mind to work (Neh. 4:6) ´The world is full of willing people: some willing towork, the rest willing to let them.µf. Persistent ²Galatians 6:9 C. CHRISTIAN ARE TO BE SERVANTS
 
1. There are five different Greek words used in the New Testament that emphasize thisfact:a. mimetes (follower) ²Ephesians 5:1 b. maqatas (disciple) ²John 8:31 c. oiknomos (steward) ²1 Peter 4:10 d. diakonos (minister) ²Romans 16:1 e. doulos (servant) ²Luke 17:10 2. What does being a servant mean?a. Servanthood is an outward evidence of a shift in focus away from self ² it is seenin action ³Matthew 22:37-40 b. Being a servant is to be a way of life ² not just an occasional good deed1) It is to be a vocation2) Involves an entire frame of mind ²Philippians 2:4-7 c. Being a servant is an investment in people, rather than thingsd. Servanthood is a sacrifice ² it costs1) Inconvenience is nearly always a part of the cost ³2 Corinthians 8:1-4 2) Yet, yielding one·s rights is the very essence of servanthood-1 Corinthians 9:19 e. Servanthood is a privilege1) Helping others must never be a burden to us2) We need the attitude of Paul as we serve ²1 Corinthians 15:9-10 3. Hindrances to Servanthooda. Serving the wrong master ³Matthew 6:24 b. Limiting when and who we servec. Negligence ²Hebrews 6:11-12 d. Pride and self-centeredness4. The greatness of Servanthooda. Is seen in the action of Jesus ²Matthew 20:28 b. True greatness consist in serving others ³Matthew 20:25-27 c. Servanthood is rewarded1)Acts 20:35 2) Opens doors for the gospel -2 Corinthians 4:5 CONCLUSION:A. The Christian is to be at God·s disposalB. The Christian·s work/service is a part of the joy of being in Christ1.Proverbs 11:24-25 2. ´The happy people are those who are producing something; the bored people are thosewho are consuming much and producing nothingµC. As servants we must:1. Plan, set goals for our work and service2. Prepare ³Ecclesiastes 10:10 

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