Saved to Serve

 1. In the scriptures service is assumed.  “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:14  

A. Jesus was our model and example. He said, “He came to serve.” (Matthew 20:28)                                 

B. No one person can do all things but we can all do something.

2. God calls all believers into service.  “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” I Timothy 1:12                                                    

A. God does not call some of us to sit and others to serve.                                                                           

B. Pastors are expected to equip you for service. (Ephesians 4:12-13)                                                    

C. God has equipped you for service. (I Corinthians 12:7) 3. Service is joining God in His work.  “When Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am.” I Corinthians 16:10                                    

A. This is why service is not a burden. We are co-laborers in our service and God will do, and bring about, what he has planned.

4. Our faith is increased through service.  “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.” Luke 10:1                                        

A. Serving lets us experience God at work. (Luke 10:17)                                                                          

B. There is no distinction in the value of service from lay to paid. The difference is in gifts and function—not value.

5. Your service matters.  “Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?” I Corinthians 9:1b                        

A. We are called to be faithful, not successful. It is God’s work and He brings the increase.           

B. Without people serving in service our culture deems as insignificant, other acts of service would be impossible.