Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Philippians 2:3–2:4, Mark 10:35–10:45, Ephesians 5:21, Galatians 5:13–5:14, Matthew 28:19–28:20
Week three in a series that challenges us to a faith in Jesus that goes beyond one hour on Sunday and impacts our entire week.
"Live 168" series overview
The goal of our "Live 168" series is for us to think differently about how we live out our faith in Jesus Christ. Instead of just limiting ourselves to a “one hour on a Sunday” approach, we want to strive to follow Jesus in such a way that our love for Him will permeate all of the 168 hours of each and every week we have. As a church we want to help you move in the direction of living a “Live 168" kind of life as a Christian.
Live 168: Three Pursuits
Connect (week one, Sept. 18) - with God and other Christians.
Grow (last week, Sept. 25) - making the effort to cooperate w/ God's power.
Serve (this week, Oct. 2)
Grow: Three Approaches
Row Boat: “all me, no God”
Speed Boat: “all God, no me”
Sail Boat: “God’s power, my cooperation”
A Row Boat approach to growth is unbiblical and ineffective. A Speed Boat approach is unbiblical and irresponsible. The Sail Boat approach is God's desire for the Christian. I don't make the boat go forward on my own, but I do have to work at positioning the sails so I can catch the wind. God provides the power, but I also have to put forth the effort needed to cooperate with Him. That effort is not a matter of me straining; it's a matter of me surrendering.
Grow: The Role of Effort
Our effort can’t gain a relationship with God, but our effort can help grow a relationship with God.
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Serve: To Serve is To Love
To serve is to love well the person in front of us. It's us putting their needs ahead of our own.
Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Serve: Wrong Motivations
“I’ll do this for you, but you better…” attitude
> Expressed Appreciation (I expect thankfulness in return)
> Better Behavior (I expect change in return)
> Personal Recognition (I expect affirmation in return)
> Spiritual Response (I expect conversion in return)
On this last one, we do want to see people come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord, but there's a difference between our "ultimate motive" (trusting God to bless our serving) versus our "ulterior motive" (serving others as a way to manipulate them)
Mark 10:35-45 NIV
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 38 “You donʼt know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 39 “We can,” they answered.Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Serve: Jesus as Our Role Model
This passage teaches us that Jesus isn’t bothered by our desire for greatness; rather it’s our definition of greatness that troubles Him. "Not so with you." Kingdom greatness in the eyes of God is not about how high we’re able to climb; it’s about how low we’re willing to stoop.
Serve: Three Spheres
Loving well the person in front of you…
> in your home
> in your church
> in your world
Serve: In Your Home
The call to serve isn't limited to one day (Sunday) and one location (church). How you live out your faith in Jesus Christ also has to make a difference in how you treat those you spend the most time with: spouses, children, parents, siblings, step-relatives.
Ephesians 5:21 NIV
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Serve: In Your Church
A church's health is directly tied to the involvement of its people. It’s far more than just: “How many people are showing up?” No, when it comes to serving, it’s: “How many people are stepping up?” Despite appearances and preconceived notions, there are many opportunites for people to serve here at Hopevale in all areas of ministry.
Galatians 5:13-14 NIV
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
You can find out more about serving opportunities at Hopevale on our website. Check out this quick link to go to our Volunteer page.
Serve: In Your World
Jesus calls us to go out and serve others beyond the four walls of our church, both locally and globally. This plays out in the normal course of our lives individually with the people God brings across our path and it also happens elsewhere both near and far as we serve together with other Christians.
Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Connection Questions 10.2.16
To serve means to love well the person in front of you. Pastor Ken
1. Think of a time that someone served you in a practical way. What was the situation? What did they do? How did you feel?
2. Read Mark 10:35-45 together then respond to the questions below:
· Do you think we naturally desire to become great among others (v43)? Should we? Explain.
· Where are you serving that involves a position of some kind? What opportunities does this role give you to serve others well? How do you handle the temptation to “lord it over” or “exercise authority” (v42)?
· Where are you serving that involves no position or identified role? What are other examples of this kind of serving? How is this different for us than serving within an identified role?
· Which do you think is better for a Christian—to serve without a position or to serve within a role? Why?
3. What would cause the three closest people in your life to say, “Wow! Thank you for helping me with that. That was just what I needed!” What makes it harder at times to serve the people closest to us? Did Jesus address that in Mark 10:35-45?
4. Look over your CG Ministry Plan together, especially the “Serve” area. How could your group serve others well this year? Be specific and practical but dream big!
5. Of the three areas of serving that Pastor Dan mentioned—your home, your church, your world—what area did God especially speak to you about? What step could you take to serve well in that area?