The Significance of Being A Christian - Saved To Serve


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Saved To Serve is the sixth in a series of lessons on, "The Significance of Being A Christian." I found the outlines for this series of lessons at:

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The Significance of Being A Christian - Saved To Serve

  1. 1. <ul><li>&quot;THE SIGNIFICANCE </li></ul><ul><li>OF BEING A CHRISTIAN&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Saved To Serve </li></ul>
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>We have seen throughout </li></ul><ul><li>this series that the </li></ul><ul><li>Christian is truly blessed… </li></ul><ul><li>Is “a person reborn” , </li></ul><ul><li>he is provided the </li></ul><ul><li>opportunity to live a new life. </li></ul>
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Now </li></ul><ul><li>“ belongs to the Lord” , </li></ul><ul><li>he is God's special child. </li></ul><ul><li>Is “living by faith” , he walks with God . </li></ul>
  4. 4. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Is “consecrated to God” , </li></ul><ul><li>he has been set apart to live a holy life. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Guarded by the </li></ul><ul><li>power of God” , </li></ul><ul><li>he is not alone in his struggle against the powers of Satan and the evil world in which we live . </li></ul>
  5. 5. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>But with blessings come responsibilities... </li></ul><ul><li>There are obligations that </li></ul><ul><li>come with our new opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>There are </li></ul><ul><li>duties that come with </li></ul><ul><li>our new calling. </li></ul>
  6. 6. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Indeed, the Christian has been called to serve God... </li></ul><ul><li>We have been </li></ul><ul><li>“ Saved To Serve” </li></ul>
  7. 7. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Hebrews 9:14 NET how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God. </li></ul>
  8. 8. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Hebrews 12:28 NET So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. </li></ul>
  9. 9. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Each person has a ministry (service) we are expected to fulfill. Colossians 4:17 NET And tell Archippus, &quot;See to it that you complete the ministry you received in the Lord.&quot; </li></ul>
  10. 10. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>2 Timothy 4:5 NET You, however, be self-controlled in all things, endure hardship, do an evangelist's work, fulfill your ministry. </li></ul>
  11. 11. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Thus the concept of </li></ul><ul><li>“ servitude” or “servanthood” </li></ul><ul><li>is a significant part of what it </li></ul><ul><li>means to be a Christian. </li></ul><ul><li>That our service to God </li></ul><ul><li>might be more acceptable </li></ul><ul><li>and fruitful, consider; </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD </li></ul><ul><li>BEING </li></ul><ul><li>A SERVANT OF GOD </li></ul><ul><li>IS A GREAT HONOR </li></ul>
  13. 13. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>The title of &quot;servant&quot; was </li></ul><ul><li>what many great men in the O.T. were called. </li></ul><ul><li>Abraham, Isaac, Jacob </li></ul><ul><li>Deuteronomy 9:27 </li></ul><ul><li>Moses 1 Kings 8:53 </li></ul>
  14. 14. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Joshua Joshua 24:29 </li></ul><ul><li>Caleb Numbers 14:24 </li></ul><ul><li>Job Job 1:8 </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah Isaiah 20:3 </li></ul><ul><li>The prophets Jeremiah 7:25 </li></ul>
  15. 15. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>New Testament writers referred to themselves as &quot;servants&quot;... </li></ul><ul><li>James James 1:1 </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Romans 1:1 , Philippians 1:1 </li></ul><ul><li>Peter 2 Peter 1:1 </li></ul><ul><li>Jude Jude 1:1 </li></ul><ul><li>John Revelation 1:1 </li></ul>
  16. 16. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>JESUS CAME TO SERVE... He was foretold to come as the &quot; Suffering Servant “ </li></ul><ul><li>Isaiah 52:13 NET &quot;Look, my servant will succeed! </li></ul>
  17. 17. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Isaiah 53:10 NET Though the LORD desired to crush him and make him ill, once restitution is made, </li></ul><ul><li>he will see descendants and enjoy long life, and the LORD's purpose will be accomplished through him. </li></ul>
  18. 18. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>11 Having suffered, he will reflect on his work, </li></ul><ul><li>he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;My servant will acquit many, </li></ul><ul><li>for he carried their sins. </li></ul>
  19. 19. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>He &quot;did not come </li></ul><ul><li>to be served, but to serve&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 20:28 NET just as the </li></ul><ul><li>Son of Man did not come to </li></ul><ul><li>be served but to serve, </li></ul><ul><li>and to give his life </li></ul><ul><li>as a ransom for many.&quot; </li></ul>
  20. 20. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Philippians 2:7 NET but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. </li></ul>
  21. 21. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Even as our Lord and Master, He exemplified the servitude He desires of His disciples. </li></ul><ul><li>John 13:12 NET So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, </li></ul>
  22. 22. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>he took his place at the table again and said to them, &quot;Do you understand what I have done for you? 13 You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and do so correctly, for that is what I am. </li></ul>
  23. 23. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example — you should do just as I have done for you. </li></ul>
  24. 24. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>16 I tell you the solemn truth, the slave is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them. </li></ul>
  25. 25. THE GREATNESS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>What an honor, </li></ul><ul><li>if God were to look </li></ul><ul><li>upon us as &quot;His servants“ </li></ul><ul><li>as He did these great men, including His own Son, </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus Christ ! </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>He will, if </li></ul><ul><li>we put into practice. </li></ul><ul><li>THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD </li></ul><ul><li>IT INVOLVES </li></ul><ul><li>ABSOLUTE OBEDIENCE... </li></ul>
  27. 27. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>In a slave-master relationship... </li></ul><ul><li>The slave knows no law but his master's word. </li></ul><ul><li>He has no rights of his own. </li></ul><ul><li>He is the absolute possession </li></ul><ul><li>of his master. </li></ul><ul><li>He is bound to give his master unquestioning obedience. </li></ul>
  28. 28. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Does this describe our relationship to Christ? It should, especially in light of… 1 Corinthians 6:19 NET Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? </li></ul>
  29. 29. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>20 For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to come to Jesus on HIS terms, not our own. </li></ul>
  30. 30. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Luke 6:46 NET &quot;Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do what I tell you? </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 7:21 NET &quot;Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven — only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. </li></ul>
  31. 31. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>IT INVOLVES ABSOLUTE HUMILITY... </li></ul><ul><li>Otherwise, absolute obedience </li></ul><ul><li>is not possible </li></ul><ul><li>When we have a humble opinion </li></ul><ul><li>of ourselves, we are receptive to the idea of complete obedience </li></ul>
  32. 32. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>For example, consider </li></ul><ul><li>Paul's self-estimation </li></ul><ul><li>1 Corinthians 15:9 NET For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. </li></ul>
  33. 33. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them — yet not I, but the grace of God with me. </li></ul>
  34. 34. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Ephesians 3:8 NET To me — less than the least of all the saints — this grace was given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ </li></ul>
  35. 35. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>1 Timothy 1:15 NET This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: &quot;Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners&quot; — and I am the worst of them! </li></ul>
  36. 36. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Does this describe our relationship to Christ and His Will? Jesus said it should! Luke 17:10 NET So you too, when you have done everything you were commanded to do, should say, 'We are slaves undeserving of special praise; we have only done what was our duty.' &quot; </li></ul>
  37. 37. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>But if we murmur or complain about what Jesus tells us to do, can we really be considered &quot;servants&quot;? </li></ul>
  38. 38. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>IT INVOLVES ABSOLUTE LOYALTY... </li></ul><ul><li>Since we become servants FREELY, it should be </li></ul><ul><li>expected that we: </li></ul>
  39. 39. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Are to be loyal to Him first. Galatians 1:10 NET Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ! </li></ul>
  40. 40. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Do not consider our </li></ul><ul><li>own profit or preference important, but that of </li></ul><ul><li>the One we freely serve! </li></ul>
  41. 41. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>It is amazing how any can </li></ul><ul><li>claim to be servants of the </li></ul><ul><li>Lord Jesus Christ, while: Complaining about having to do the will of God, OR... </li></ul><ul><li>Being negligent or slothful in carrying out His will </li></ul>
  42. 42. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Yet some act as though they are being forced against their own will! </li></ul><ul><li>They don't &quot;have to“ </li></ul><ul><li>serve the Lord Jesus... </li></ul>
  43. 43. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Of course, the alternative </li></ul><ul><li>is not very inviting. </li></ul><ul><li>If we don't serve Jesus, by default we serve Satan, and are destined for hell! </li></ul>
  44. 44. THE CONCEPTS OF SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>But God by His grace has offered salvation, and how dare we ever grumble or complain that </li></ul><ul><li>He calls us to life of service in grateful appreciation! </li></ul><ul><li>That we not be negligent in our service, be aware of some... </li></ul>
  45. 45. <ul><li>HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD </li></ul><ul><li>SERVICE TO </li></ul><ul><li>THE WRONG MASTER... </li></ul>
  46. 46. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Jesus warned we cannot serve both God and Mammon Matthew 6:24 NET &quot;No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. </li></ul>
  47. 47. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Serving the wrong things will render us fruitless Luke 8:14 NET As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. </li></ul>
  48. 48. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Paul illustrated we can only serve the one we obey Romans 6:16 NET Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or obedience resulting in righteousness? </li></ul>
  49. 49. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>PLACING LIMITATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>ON OUR SERVICE... </li></ul><ul><li>Some limit how, where, </li></ul><ul><li>and when they will serve </li></ul>
  50. 50. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>As Moses tried to do Exodus 3:10 NET So now go, and I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.&quot; 11 Moses said to God, &quot;Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, or that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?&quot; </li></ul>
  51. 51. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Many will serve God, </li></ul><ul><li>but only when convenient. </li></ul><ul><li>Some limit who </li></ul><ul><li>they will serve. </li></ul><ul><li>As Jonah tried to do </li></ul>
  52. 52. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Jonah 1:1 NET The LORD said to Jonah son of Amittai, 2 &quot;Go immediately to Nineveh, that large capital city, and announce judgment against its people because their wickedness has come to my attention </li></ul>
  53. 53. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>3 Instead, Jonah immediately headed off to Tarshish to escape from the commission of the LORD. He traveled to Joppa and found a merchant ship heading to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went aboard it to go with them to Tarshish far away from the LORD. </li></ul>
  54. 54. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Many will serve God, but not when it means serving others (especially people </li></ul><ul><li>we don't like) </li></ul><ul><li>POSSESSING CERTAIN ATTITUDES... </li></ul>
  55. 55. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Such as sluggishness and laziness. Hebrews 6:11 NET But we passionately want each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of your hope until the end, </li></ul>
  56. 56. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises. </li></ul>
  57. 57. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Matthew 25:26 NET </li></ul><ul><li>But his master answered, </li></ul><ul><li>'Evil and lazy slave! </li></ul><ul><li>So you knew that I harvest where I didn't sow and </li></ul><ul><li>gather where I didn't scatter? </li></ul>
  58. 58. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Such as ingratitude. 2 Corinthians 8:9 NET For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that although he was rich, he became poor for your sakes, so that you by his poverty could become rich. </li></ul>
  59. 59. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Philippians 2:5 NET You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, 6 who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, </li></ul>
  60. 60. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>7 but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. </li></ul>
  61. 61. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Which often comes when we forget how graciously </li></ul><ul><li>we have been served. </li></ul><ul><li>We like service with a smile; </li></ul><ul><li>are we willing to give service with a smile? </li></ul>
  62. 62. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Such as pride or self-centeredness. As when self-pity affected Elijah </li></ul><ul><li>1 Kings 19:13 NET When Elijah heard it, he covered his face with his robe and went out and stood at the entrance to the cave. All of a sudden a voice asked him, &quot;Why are you here, Elijah?&quot; </li></ul>
  63. 63. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>14 He answered, &quot;I have been absolutely loyal to the LORD, the sovereign God, even though the Israelites have abandoned the agreement they made with you, torn down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left and now they want to take my life.&quot; </li></ul>
  64. 64. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>15 The LORD said to him, &quot;Go back the way you came and then head for the Desert of Damascus. Go and anoint Hazael king over Syria. </li></ul>
  65. 65. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>16 You must anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to take your place as prophet. 17 Jehu will kill anyone who escapes Hazael's sword, and Elisha will kill anyone who escapes Jehu's sword. </li></ul>
  66. 66. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>18 I still have left in Israel seven thousand followers who have not bowed their knees to Baal or kissed the images of him.&quot; </li></ul>
  67. 67. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>As when some preached </li></ul><ul><li>Christ out of envy. </li></ul><ul><li>Philippians 1:15 NET Some, </li></ul><ul><li>to be sure, are preaching </li></ul><ul><li>Christ from envy and rivalry, </li></ul><ul><li>but others from goodwill. </li></ul>
  68. 68. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>16 The latter do so from love because they know that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, because they think they can cause trouble for me in my imprisonment. </li></ul>
  69. 69. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>18 What is the result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, </li></ul>
  70. 70. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>As when some seek for recognition, praise. Matthew 6:1 NET &quot;Be careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven. </li></ul>
  71. 71. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>2 Thus whenever you do charitable giving, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in synagogues and on streets so that people will praise them. I tell you the truth, they have their reward. </li></ul>
  72. 72. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>3 But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. </li></ul>
  73. 73. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Humility and unselfishness are basic prerequisites for Servanthood. </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 20:19 NET serving the Lord with all humility and with tears, and with the trials that happened to me because of the plots of the Jews. </li></ul>
  74. 74. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>Philippians 2:3 NET </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, </li></ul><ul><li>each of you should, </li></ul><ul><li>in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. </li></ul>
  75. 75. HINDRANCES TO SERVANTHOOD <ul><li>4 Each of you should be concerned not only about </li></ul><ul><li>your own interests, </li></ul><ul><li>but about the interests </li></ul><ul><li>of others as well. </li></ul>
  76. 76. CONCLUSION <ul><li>The Christian has been </li></ul><ul><li>“ Saved To Serve&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Called to serve God and </li></ul><ul><li>the Lord Jesus Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Called to serve his brethren </li></ul><ul><li>and those in the world </li></ul>
  77. 77. CONCLUSION <ul><li>It is a noble calling, </li></ul><ul><li>one that we should accept </li></ul><ul><li>with humility and gratitude. </li></ul><ul><li>If one chooses </li></ul><ul><li>not to serve God... </li></ul>
  78. 78. CONCLUSION <ul><li>Then they remain a slave to sin Romans 6:16a NET Do you not know that if you present yourselves as obedient slaves, And the end of such slavery is eternal death 16b you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin resulting in death, </li></ul>
  79. 79. CONCLUSION <ul><li>But when one chooses </li></ul><ul><li>to serve God... </li></ul><ul><li>Their servitude leads to righteousness. </li></ul><ul><li>16c or obedience resulting </li></ul><ul><li>in righteousness? </li></ul>
  80. 80. CONCLUSION <ul><li>And the end of such service </li></ul><ul><li>is eternal life. Romans 6:22 NET But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life. </li></ul>
  81. 81. CONCLUSION <ul><li>May what the apostle Paul wrote of the brethren in Rome be true of all of us today... Romans 6:17 NET But thanks be to God that though you were slaves to sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were entrusted to, 18 and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. </li></ul>
  82. 82. CONCLUSION <ul><li>Have you been set free from sin, that you might serve Jesus Christ? Romans 6:1 NET What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? </li></ul>
  83. 83. CONCLUSION <ul><li>2 Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? </li></ul>
  84. 84. CONCLUSION <ul><li>4 Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we </li></ul><ul><li>too may live a new life. </li></ul>
  85. 85. CONCLUSION <ul><li>5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be united in the likeness of his resurrection. </li></ul>
  86. 86. CONCLUSION <ul><li>6 We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would </li></ul><ul><li>no longer be enslaved to sin. </li></ul><ul><li>7 (For someone who has died </li></ul><ul><li>has been freed from sin.) </li></ul>
  87. 87. CONCLUSION <ul><li>So which choice have you made? Are you a servant to Jesus, or by default, a slave to sin? One results in eternal glory, the other in the </li></ul><ul><li>fires of Hell! </li></ul>