We Exist: To Serve, Part 3, Feb 26, 2012

Matt. 20:25-28 – greatness is defined by servanthood
Mark 10:35-45 – tag, you’re it (John 13) Jesus washes the disciple’s feet
– pick up a towel – not a title
4 qualities of a servant:
1. the job is never too small – people do not catch what you preach/say, they catch what you have
2. it’s a free choice – it’s not something they have to do
3. they have the value to be served – servants are the royalty of the church and are true givers
4. never lose sight of the mission (Matt. 25:14-23)
– success in the eyes of God is serving

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do, Philip Wagner, Feb 19, 2012

Ps. 143:3-4, 2 Cor. 4:8-9
What to do when you don’t know what to do.
1. Pursue God with all your heart – passionately pursue God
  – get your heart in the right place 2 Chron. 20:3-4
  – don’t let the problems paralyze you, but let them drive you to God
  – there’s power as you pursue God
  – Ps. 18:6 – cry out to the Lord – God is moved when we’re moved
  – 2 Sam. 12:20 – worship when you don’t know what to do
  – Luke 22:54 – have you begun to follow Jesus from a distance?
  – be a prayer warrior – not a prayer worrier
  – move your focus away from worry and towards God instead Jer. 29:13
2. Choose your companions wisely (Heb. 3:13, 1 Cor. 15:33)
  – fast from the criticizing people around you and start hanging around loving people instead
3. Resolve past hurts – Lord search my heart and cleanse me of wounds
  – things kept in the dark will foster over time
  – ask God for help (Matt. 11:2)
  – doing the work – step up, be courageous, and rise up. Don’t just dwell on your past hurts, resolve them and move on.
4. Do what you can do – you can’t change people’s positions or their circumstances
  – when we stop trying to do things we can’t do, it frees God to do what only He can do
  – loving people serving, praying
  – help someone else, love on someone else (1 Cor. 15:58)
– part of healing from knee surgery is to walk – even when you don’t feel like it – because it helps speed up the recovery (2 Chron. 20:22, Heb:10:36)

We Exist: To Love Our Neighbor, Part 2, Feb 12, 2012

Luke 10:25-37 – we are to do likewise
– the greatest character you have as a Christian, is the love that you express
– don’t let your excuses keep you from expressing the love of Jesus to those He’s placed in your life
– this is a theme through the Bible: Rom. 13:8-10, Lev. 19:18, Gal. 5:14
– God says I’m the Samaritan and I need to put some of my own resources out to love my neighbor
– this doesn’t mean that we must love ourselves before we can love anyone else; it means that in the same way we take care of ourselves and are concerned about our own interests, we should take care and have concern for the interests of others.
1 John 4:20-21 – since I love God, I must love my brother also
– only by the work of the Holy Spirit can we truly love our nieghbors
– John Vianney said: “Love for our neighbor consist of three things:
  1. to desire the greater good ov everyone;
  2. to do what good we can when we can;
  3. to bear, excuse and hide other’s faults”
– I am to love my neighbor: (1 Cor. 13:1-13)
  * patiently
  * kindly
  * without envy
  * without boasting
  * without pride
  * without rudeness
  * with no strings attached (love is not self-seeking)
  * without being easily angered
  * by protecting
  * by hoping
  * by persevering

We Exist: To Love God, Part 1, Feb 5, 2012

Mark 12:28-34
– every other act is useless if you don’t love God first – God doesn’t just want our obedience, He wants our love.
– It is easy to think that religious ceremony and devotion are more important than love for God and our neighbor, but this isn’t the case. A thousand empty burnt offerings are not more to God than a single act of love done in His name.
Loving God involves:
1. Obedience (John 14:23 “If you love Me, you’ll keep My commandments” – God’s love language is obedience.
2. Self-Denial (Matt. 16:24)
3. Seek First the Kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33)
4. From the Heart (Mark 7:6-7)
5. From a Passionate Heart (Matt. 24:12)