Archive for the ‘Stinky Feet: Serving in 2016’ Category

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Introduction:

  • Last week we talked about Jesus coming to serve us.
  • We talked about the fact that Jesus went all out to serve us and that we need to be served by him.
  • I said that this is our ultimate motivation for serving.
  • If you remember I used the illustration of a fire used to cook burgers to give to others. Last week I talked about the fire – what is the fuel, the drive, the motivation that leads us to serve? Jesus serving us! This week I want to talk about the burgers – what is it that we have to offer other people. What is it that we have to serve with?

 Passage: 1 Peter 4:7-11

 Big Idea: God uniquely gifts us to serve other people.

 Main Points:

  • Everyone has a gift
  • God gives us gifts to serve other people.
  • We are called to serve in a way that glorifies God.

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 Introduction:

  • We are going to start off this year with a short two-week series about serving.
  • I don’t necessarily want you to think of serving in terms of being a New Year’s Resolution.
  • It can be that… maybe you resolve to try serving in a specific position this year, or to find one way to serve your family at least once a month.
  • But I want this to be more than that. I want to encourage you to begin to have a mindset of service. One that looks for opportunities and ways to serve, not just in the New Year, but as a continued lifestyle.
  • And I want you to do that because I believe that being a Christian means being a servant. And I believe that there is great joy and blessing to be found in being a servant.
  • So tonight we are going to talk about how Jesus came to serve us, and then next week we are going to transition into how God gifts us to serve others.
  • Think in terms of using a fire to cook burgers for others. Tonight we are talking mainly about the fuel of the fire, next week we are talking more about the burgers. The burgers are no good without a fire to cook them, but the fire should be used to cook the burgers or everyone remains hungry. God has served us so that we will go and serve others. His service for us fuels our service for others.

 Passage: John 13:1-17 

Big Idea: We serve because we have been served.

Main Points:

  • Jesus went all out to serve us.
  • We need to be served by Jesus.
  • We identify with Jesus by serving.

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