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Service

Part I
Differenttypesofpower: Referent: relational influence derived through loyalty and charisma Expert: They know what they are talking about Legitimate: Position, they have the badge and must be respected Reward: confer value, e.g., your paycheck Coercive: application of negative influences, such as fear or intimidation Although many may choose to begin their leadership and derive their authority from one of these forms of power, not so the Christian leader. For their authority comes from G-d. As such s/he must learn to lead as Jesus has.

ServantLeadership A servant first [as to slavery, obedient unto a master] Highest priority to ensure others needs are met Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. Acts 6:1-6 - Why were the seven disciples chosen? What were they to do? 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourself, therefore, under Gods mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Proverbs 25:6-7 Do not exalt yourself in the kings presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; it is better for him to say to you, Come up here, than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. First shall be last and vice versa Matthew 19:30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. (also Mark 10:31) Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.

All will be the same You have to begin to realize this now! We will all have the same reward G-d looks at us all the same so you should too Acts 10: Then Peter began to speak: I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. Romans 2:11 For God does not show favoritism.

Part II
RecallServantLeadership
Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

Serviceuntooneanotherlove! John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

ThroughLove Surely you have heard about G-ds love! There is nothing in this world that can compare to His perfect, unadulterated love. His love is for you, His beloved, His child, you are literally the apple of His eye! (Deut 32:10) How? you ask. When describing G-ds love most will immediately refer to 1

Corinthians 13, where Paul describes a life without love, and then proceeds to discuss the power of love. However, it is John the Beloved who is led of the Spirit to pin the tale of the donkey. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (1 John 4:16) Very plainly, yet full of truth, John states G-d is love! How, then, do we participate in the love of G-d? Jesus taught Nicodemus that you must be born again in order to enter the Kingdom of G-d (John 3:5-7). Nicodemus, perplexed at the concept, attempted to understand how a grown man could be born again. Jesus spoke of a spiritual birth that we initiate through faith when we are Baptized into Jesus Christ (born of water and of the Spirit). Thereafter, Christ becomes the conduit for which our access to G-d is provided (John 14:6). We grow in knowledge of G-d as we learn more about our Lord and savior Jesus Christ (John 8:19). Since G-d is love, we cannot receive and obtain His love without being in Him. Since our pathway to G-d is through His sacrificial lamb, we must live in Jesus to live in love. The Apostle states, If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God (1 John 4:15). This is the right of passage for every believer, that they acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed one. The acknowledgement can only occur when the Spirit of G-d lives in them. For this reason the Bible states that it is by grace we have been saved, through faith (Ephesians 2:8). The faith is birthed in the Spirits work in us. So we are born into Jesus and, since Jesus is in G-d, we are therefore in G-d. Consider the diagram below.

We are born into G-ds love. We enter into His love through baptism in the name of Jesus. We all have seen John 3:16; For God so loved the world . . . Talk about the scripture

Part III
RecallServantLeadership
Teth (Psalm 119) 65 Do good to your servant according to your word, LORD. 66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. 68 You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. 69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. 70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. 71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

ServiceuntoGd Worship Why do we call it a Worship Service? Or why is it called a Church Service? Think about the idea of a worship leader; consider previous discussions about leadership. Praise How is praise service? 2 Corinthians 8:18 & 9:13 demonstrates how G-d receives praise when we are of good service. Prayer(1Timothy2:1alsoEphesians6:18&Philippians4:6)[FocusonThanksgiving
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Supplications [Petitions, NIV] i. 1 Samuel 1:9-13 ii. Also Luke 11:9-13; James 5:17-18; iii. Also 1 Kings 18:1-46 AND 1 Kings 8:37-40, 54-55 Intercessions i. Luke 18:1-5 ii. Genesis 18:22-33 (Abraham) iii. 1 Kings 18:41-46 (Elijah) iv. 2 Kings 4:32-36 (Elisha) v. Acts 12:1-18 (the early church) Prayers i. Relies on faith in G-d, commonly referred to as the prayer of faith - Mark 11:12-14, 20-25; Luke 7:1-10; James 5:13-18; Matthew 9:18-26

ii. Prayer of agreement (2 people come together to agree with each other in the Word) - Genesis 11:1-9; Matthew 18:19-20; Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm 133:1-3; Acts 4:23; Hebrews 10:24-25 iii. Dedication or Consecration - Luke 2239-42; Romans 12:1; Matthew 6:10; Philippians 2:17; Acts 4:29-31 Thanksgiving i. While praise and worship brings us into the presence of God, especially in the midst of seemingly negative situations we affirm our faith in Him. Thanking God in the good times also keeps our eyes focused on the source of our strength. ii. Luke 11:1-2 iii. Psalm 100 and 149:4-9 iv. Acts 16:16-34 v. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

PriestlyDuties 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Gods special possession, that you may declare the praises o him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Hebrews 10:19-25 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotherand all the more as you see the Day approaching.

ServingGdwithallourblessings w/all your Person (Deuteronomy 10:12, Joshua 22:5, 1 Samuel 20-21) Family: Living before Him (Joshua 24:15) Reason/thought: Meditating on Him day and night (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2) Sacrifice: using your body to serve G-d (Romans 12:1)

Part IV
ServiceuntothechurchACovenantofService
Joshua 24:19 Joshua said to the people, You are not able to serve the LORD. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. Colossians 1:222 But now he has reconciled you by Christs physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation Holiness G-d is Holy (1 Peter 1:15, Leviticus 20:7 & 11:45) The Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:29 & 12:27) Serving in holiness (1 Samuel 1:18 & 28, Luke 1:75) OfferingYourBelongings Psalm 50:7-15, . . . for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. Tithing (Leviticus 27:30, Numbers 18:21 & 28, Malachi 3:8 & 10, Genesis 14:20) Using your physical belongings [blessings] for His kingdom (Acts 4:32-35, 5:3-4; Nehemiah 3)