Summary: Christians must have an attitude of service, following the example of Christ.

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A Servant’s Heart

January 27, 2013 Morning Service

Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK

Rick Boyne

Message Point: Christians must have an attitude of service, following the example of Christ.

Focus Passage: Matthew 20:20-28

Supplemental Passage: Sitting down, He called the twelve and *said to them, "If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all." (Mark 9:35 NASB)

Introduction: From “The Main Reason People Leave a Church” by Thom Rainer:

• “The worship leader refused to listen to me about the songs and music I wanted.”

• “The pastor did not feed me.”

• “No one from my church visited me.”

• “I was not about to support the building program they wanted.”

• “I was out two weeks and no one called me.”

• “They moved the times of the worship services and it messed up my schedule.”

• “I told my pastor to go visit my cousin and he never did.”

I. Respect Requested

a. They didn’t want a job, but only the honor of sitting on each side of Jesus

b. They understood the reality of His reign, but misunderstood its meaning

c. They asked out of pride and ignorance

II. Ability Assumed

a. Jesus asked them if they were able to drink the cup

b. They assured Him they were

c. They answered out of pride and ignorance

III. Ministry Mandated

a. Jesus explained the essence of His Kingdom; it shall be a reign of service

b. Jesus told them to follow His example of service

c. "So the last shall be first, and the first last." (Matthew 20:16 NASB)

Invitation: JFK said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” If politicians get this principle, shouldn’t the church? You don’t join the Army to see what you can get out of it. You join to serve.

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