Free to Serve

Rom 6:23   Sin PAYS its servants: the wage is death. But God GIVES to those who serve him: his free gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Pet 2:16 (NIV)  Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.

Gal 5:13   My brothers, you were called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love.

Who’s In Control 1 Cor 6:19-20  You are not your own; you were bought with a price.

Rom 14:8    If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord.

Richard Foster: “A natural and understandable hesitancy accompanies any serious discussion of service. The hesitancy is prudent since it is wise to count the cost before plunging headlong into any Discipline. We experience a fear that comes out something like this: “If I do that, people will take advantage of me; they will walk all over me.”

“Right here we must see the difference between choosing to serve and choosing to be a servant. When we chose to serve, we are still in charge. We decide whom we will serve and when we will serve. And if we are in charge, we will worry a great deal about anyone stepping on us, that is, taking charge over us. But when we choose to be a servant, we give up the right to be in charge. There is great freedom in this. If we voluntarily choose to be taken advantage of, then we cannot be manipulated. When we choose to be a servant, we surrender the right to decide when we will serve. We become available and vulnerable.

“Self-righteous service picks and chooses whom to serve. Sometimes the low and defenseless are served because that will ensure a humble image. True service is indiscriminate in its ministry.

Mark 9:35  35 Jesus sat down and called for the Twelve to come to him. Then he said, “If you want to be first, you must be the very last. You must be the servant of everyone

Flesh Test! How Hard Is It To…? Richard Foster: “Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. The flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. It will devise subtle, religiously acceptable means to call attention to the service rendered. If we stoutly refuse to give in to this lust of the flesh, we crucify it. Every time we crucify the flesh, we crucify pride and arrogance.”

Giving Up Your Rights Oswald Chambers: “Obstinacy and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit… Every time we stand on our rights and insist that this is what we intend to do, we… vex and grieve His Spirit.”

A Living Sacrifice to God Romans 12:11 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b]

Rom 12:1 (KJV) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

  • The key to real Christian living is dying to the world and living unto Christ.
  • “Reasonable” is the Greek logikos (logic coast), from which we derive our word “logical,” and “service” is the Greek latreian (La train), referring to service as a priest. We have been made “an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5), and it is perfectly logical that we render such lifelong service.

Jesus, The Suffering Servant, Dives Into Humanity To Rescue A Few Luke 4:18                                                                    18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me. He has anointed me to tell the good news to poor people. He has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners.  He has sent me so that the blind will see again.  He wants me to free those who are beaten down. What me do? 1.   Love must be honest and true. Hate what is evil. Hold on to what is good. 10 Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourselves. 11 Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord.  12 When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes. Romans 12:9-13

2.   Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up. 10 So when we can do good to everyone, let us do it. Let us make a special point of doing good to those who belong to the family of believers.  Gal 6:9-10

Sunday Service

We offer worship services every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Location:
206 – 5th Street
Templeton, California 93465

Upcoming Events
  1. Bible Study

    December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Prayer Service and Worship Service

    December 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  3. Bible Study

    December 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Worship Service

    December 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  5. Bible Study

    December 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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