Serving God First
Serving God First
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For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:6-8 (ESV)
Jesus gives us the pattern for true humility.
- Jesus emptied himself
- Jesus prioritized the order of His serving.
- Jesus humbly served out of love
II. Our Mission
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)
Our Commission is:
- With Jesus
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV)
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11 (ESV)
III. Our Spiritual Gift(s)
Prophecy, Teaching, Evangelism, Shepherding, Exhorting, Giving, Leading, Mercy, Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Discernment, Various Tongues, Interpreting Various Tongues, Miracles, Helping, Administration. (Romans 12:3-8, Ephesians 4:11-16, and 1 Corinthians 12-14)
Discovering Our Spiritual Gifts.
- Examine your natural tendencies to serve, organize or teach.
- Experiment by pursuing opportunities to use what appear to be your Spiritual Gift(s).
- Evaluate by seeking objective outside feedback on the use of your gifts. Is God glorified? And are His people edified?
Spiritual Gift Inventory
Big Idea: God has given each one of us a calling to serve Him. What’s yours?