Essential Practices: Service

delivered January 28th, 2018 by Dave Rosenblatt

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Sermon Notes

  • Key Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28
  • Self-Examination makes us introspective and reflective
  • Fasting swaps our focus from our physical needs to spiritual ones
  • Tithing has us consider God’s needs before our own
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Service comes from French word servitium, literally meaning slavery
  • Richard Foster’s book, The Celebration of Discipline, talks about a pecking order chickens have
  • Rabbis in Jesus’ time didn’t serve the disciples; disciples served rabbis
  • James and John’s mother Salome wanted to know who would sit at Jesus’ right and left in His kingdom
  • Sheep and Goats: Sheep were on right and blessed; goats were on left and cursed
  • Right hand was considered sign of strength and blessing; left was considered weak and cursed
  • What’s our real motivation for serving?
  • Jesus’ response to Salome was to let her know “you don’t know what you are asking” and that they would suffer
  • Although James and John said they understood, they didn’t really understand
  • No servant at the Last Supper
  • John 13:14-15
  • Jesus taught them all about leadership. With a towel.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:20
  • 1 Corinthians 12:25-26
  • The Greek word for church is ἐκκλησία and literally means community. It has nothing to do with a building.
  • What is your calling?
  • Romans 12:3-8
  • Please take our Serving Survey
  • Romans 12:3-8
  • Serving makes a difference
  • Acts 26:30-31
  • Adaptation of the Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley