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What Makes a Great Servant
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What Makes a Great Servant

Early in the life of the church, we find a portrait of effective service, which is, in its most basic form, service that meets the very real needs, both material and spiritual, of God’s people. The church grew rapidly after the ascension of Jesus, both in the strict Orthodox community and the Greek–influenced community of...

The Pattern of Service
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The Pattern of Service

Luke, who traveled with Paul on his missionary journeys, wrote both Luke and Acts.  One of his big themes was “discipleship”.  In Acts 2:44-47 Luke described the pattern of service the early church lived out.  At the heart of the church’s community was serving each other in love.  This was typified by an attitude that...

We Are Wired to Serve Like Jesus
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We Are Wired to Serve Like Jesus

This week we will learn how God created humanity with the ability to connect and serve within relationships – even down to the neurons in our brains.  We will see how Jesus taught his disciples to serve through foot washing and develop a heart of compassion.  As we hear stories from our Alaska Mission trip,...

Seeking Humility and Authenticity
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Seeking Humility and Authenticity

This week we are going to consider the internal workings of a servant. Every servant must consider their thoughts, motivations, and emotions as they enter into service – even the villains of pride and hypocrisy. Otherwise, you could fall into the same trap that Jesus’ followers found themselves in our gospel lesson from Luke 22...

Called To Be A Servant
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Called To Be A Servant

Most of us would rather live without any seasons of pain. Yet during such times, God often does His greatest work in our lives, reshaping and realigning us for His divine purposes. Jesus compares our life to a single grain of wheat. If we hold a kernel in our hands, nothing will happen. If we...

A New Look at Serving
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A New Look at Serving

The foremost characteristic of the life of Jesus Christ was and is service. We are most like Him when we serve as He served. The critical point for us to recognize is this – God has called you to serve others just as Jesus served others. He didn’t save you or call you to service...

The Joy of Work
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The Joy of Work

Work is a part of life. Paid or unpaid. At home or in an office. In the field or in the baby’s room. Whatever you do it’s important to get the most out of it. Experts say that seven out of ten Americans are dissatisfied with their job and dread going to work. Someone once...

The Joy of Serenity
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The Joy of Serenity

As we close out our sermon series in the book of Philippians, Paul thanks the Philippians for their generosity in meeting his needs, when other churches did not. He also uses the opportunity to teach them about the secret of contentment. Paul learned this contentment in plenty and in want, in good circumstances and bad....

The Joy of Security
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The Joy of Security

Because of their status as citizens of a Roman colony, the Philippian Christians were certainly candidates for anxiety. The persecution from Nero was beginning to boil and the effects were starting to be felt all over the Roman domain. These young Christians knew they would soon be tested for their walk with God. Even though...

The Joy of Harmony
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The Joy of Harmony

As Paul closes out this short letter to the Philippians, he urges the Philippians to stand firm in the Gospel, the basis for the harmony we share in the church.  Paul knew that every church is susceptible to division, which leads to discord, jealously, and selfish ambition. Division in any church takes away the joy...