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Being a servant of God!

The greatest in the kingdom is one that serves!

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Being a servant of God!

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  3. 3. **0 Being A Servant of God! Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God. (KJV) Rom 1:1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God (NKJV)
  4. 4. **0 How many of us here have been to a restaurant? When we sit down the server comes over, we call them a waiter or waitess, now what is their job? ●This is easy to understand when we are speaking about restaurants, but what about when we are speaking about being “a servant of God?” ●Mk 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
  5. 5. **0 What does it mean to be a servant of God? (Lk. 17:7-10 cf. Phil. 2:5-8) ●We must be willing to submit! ●We must be willing to serve! ●We must be willing to sacrifice! ●There are two very different words translated “servant” here. −Doulos = bond-servant/slave −Diakonos = attendant, waiter, servant, minister
  6. 6. **0 In Luke 17:7-10 we find the function of being a servant, but tonight I want to study the focus! ●Tonight we want to come to see our need to “desire” to become a servant of God! ●When we move from the function to the focus we are dealing with our attitude and appetite for becoming a servant of God! −2 Tim. 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
  7. 7. **0 I. The Greatest Example! ●There truly is no better example than the Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus is our God-given example of how to live our lives! −1 Cor 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. −Eph 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. −1 Pet 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: −1 Jn 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
  8. 8. **0 The example of Jesus as a servant! (Jn. 13:1-17) ●This is done on His last night on earth before His crucifixion! This was going to stick in their minds for sometime! ●Jesus states that this is done “for an example!” (Jn. 13:15) That we are to now do what He has done! ●We need to see to the needs of others! ●God is not asking us to do something that He Himself was not willing to do!
  9. 9. **0 II. The Greatest Encouragement! ●One of the greatest blessing of being a Christian is to know that Christ is with us! ●When Jesus gives the Great Commission, He promised to always be with us! −Mt 28:20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. −Heb 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
  10. 10. **0 When we go out as a servant of God, God goes with us! Knowing this should be encouraging! ●He doesn’t leave us alone and we don't have to do it on our own! ●Paul declared “I can do all things...” −Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ●When we meet someone that serves in the military or law enforcement they will tell you “it is a honor to serve!” −We need to understand that “it is a honor to serve in the kingdom of God!”
  11. 11. **0 III. The Greatest Enrichment! Act. 20:35 "I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ●This doesn’t only apply to our money! ●We can give in three ways! −Our time! −Our talents! −Our treasures!
  12. 12. **0 There is an enrichment in serving others! It is a blessing to bless others! ●We are blessed to become a blessing, forgiven to become forgiving, comforted to comfort others! ●Have you ever noticed how you feel when you didn’t help someone that you know you should have? The way it makes us feel ashamed & uneasy, now the opposite is true as well, there is satisfaction & enrichment in helping others!
  13. 13. **0 Conclusion: ●There is a youth song I really like “Lord make me a servant” that I believe is very fitting for our lesson tonight! ●May we all learn to “desire” to be a servant of the Lord! May we learn to find joy in service! ●Have you become a servant of the Lord, have you come to love serving God and serving others? ●Have we been living as a servant or living as one that wants others to serve us?
  14. 14. **0 Lord Make Me A Servant To love my brother, to serve like you do. I humble my spirit, I bow before you. And through my service, I'll be just like you. So make me a servant, make me like you. Open my hands Lord and teach me to share, Open my heart Lord and teach me to care, For service to others is service to you. Make me a servant, make me like you.
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