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The Serving Community

  1. 1. The Serving Community 2 0 1 4 S u m m e r S e r i e s : T h e G o o d a n d B e a u t i f u l C o m m u n i t y
  2. 2. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton To Cross Antarctica from Sea to Sea Via the South Pole The Imperial Trans-Arctic Expedition 1914-1917
  3. 3. How Many Dead Penguins? The Challenge of Leading Others During Trying Times
  4. 4. Constant Tension SACRIFICE & SERVICE SUCCESS & SURVIVAL Original Mission Inevitable Mission
  5. 5. SUCCESS & SURVIVAL Reclaiming the Church’s Soul SACRIFICE & SERVICE Original Mission Inevitable Mission
  6. 6. Competing Narratives Our needs matter most True Narrative False Narrative Others’ needs matter most
  7. 7. Competing Narratives Focusing on SELF Needs of Others Our Needs Focusing on OTHERS
  8. 8. “The good and beautiful community of Jesus finds its life in Jesus himself, not itself.” Attendance Buildings Cash James Bryan Smith
  9. 9. Jesus Came to Serve, Not to Be Served Luke 2227 For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. (NET)
  10. 10. Jesus lives to serve because he is motivated by one thing…
  11. 11. A Great Love for OTHERS John 1513 No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends. (NET)
  12. 12. Our Hope Should Be Anchored in Christ Jesus “We have confidence in a great future; we know that nothing will happen to us that God, in his wisdom, has not allowed, and that he cannot use for good. We are safe and secure. In that condition, we can move from [focusing on ourselves] to focusing on others.” James Bryan Smith
  13. 13. In God’s Kingdom… …safe and secure …loved forever, unconditionally …valuable and precious, worth dying for …splendid, never-to-be-duplicated stories of grace
  14. 14. When we embrace and embody these truths, we are able to focus on others and their needs, even if serving them costs us our reputations, our churches, even our lives.
  15. 15. *Are he and EBCLA legit? Postscript on the June 2014 JEMS Mt. Hermon Conference Controversy *
  16. 16. “The success of a church is not in its size but in its service to the people and the community.” James Bryan Smith
  17. 17. We exist to serve others and then die, just like Jesus.
  18. 18. Your Needs Before Mine Philippians 23 Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. 4 Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. EBCLA’s Lacey Nagao
  19. 19. Inspired more and more and more by the love of Jesus for us, we will be moved to sacrifice ourselves and to love others by serving them more and more and more.