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Following Jesus Into Good Works

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Sermon shared by Mike Wilkins

May 2009
Summary: Jesus invites us to follow Him - this means doing what He did.
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Audience: General adults
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Following Jesus into Service

Recap from Last Week

Nooma: Rich
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

We are the rich – we need to be rich in good deeds

“Let’s be honest. It’s easy to go to a church service, it’s easy to discuss who believes what and who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s easy.
But when Jesus talks about his followers, he talks about people who are generous, people who clothe the naked, take food to the hungry, take water to the thirsty, people who visit the prisoner, people who invite the stranger in, people who give their time, people who give their energy, people who give their money. – Rob Bell

Ephesians 2:8-10 (Today’s New International Version)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We are saved, not by doing good, but because of God’s grace – but we are saved for a purpose – to do good works.

Rob Bell uses the word “followers” for “Christians.” It is actually Jesus’ word. I like it better, because the idea of following Jesus is different that what we have often begun to mean when we have said “Christian,” or “saved,” or “Believer.” Following Jesus gives the sense that we are talking about much more than a set of beliefs that we agree with. It gives the sense that we are trying to be like Jesus – to do what he did, to be, as the word “Christian” means, “little Christs.”

If we are told to follow someone & just watch them walk away, are we following them?

One of the places that Jesus invites us to do what he does is at the last supper in John’s Gospel

John 13:1-17

Follow Jesus’ example in serving others

Washing the feet – lowest job for a servant – very little to compare in with today. What chore did you argue with your siblings over who had to do it when you were young?
What do your children argue over?

I think it is good for us to do the liturgical act of washing feet.

But we also need it to be practical as well – to serve in tasks that we believe are below us.

Motivation – not serving in the lowest capacity because he feels like he is the lowest person, but because he knows that he is the highest!
“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God.” – verse 3

Jesus knows his position in the group as well – he doesn’t say, “oh know I’m just a lowly servant
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