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Summary: Our duty as Christians to follow the example given by our Lord to serve one another

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CHRIST THE SERVANT

The Duties Of A Servant

John 13:1 – 17

Text: John 13:15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

I WATCHFUL TO OBEY

a. CHRIST’S EXAMPLE

John 5:30 I do not live to please myself but to do the will of the Father who sent me. [JBP]

Matthew 26:42 "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done." [NIV]

“My Father, if there is no other way, and I must suffer, I will still do what you want.” [CEV]

b. OUR CHALLENGE

I John 5:2 & 3 The test of our love for God’s family lies in this question––do we love God himself and do we obey his commands? 3 For loving God means obeying his commands, and these commands of his are not burdensome. [JBP]

If we love and obey God, we know that we will love his children. 3 We show our love for God by obeying his commandments, and they are not hard to follow. [CEV]

II WILLING TO SERVE

a. CHRIST’S EXAMPLE

John 13:4 & 5 He got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.

Philippians 2:8 He humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

b. OUR CHALLENGE

Luke 17:10 When you’ve done all you should, then say, “We are merely servants, and we have simply done our duty.” [CEV]

III WORKING TO PLEASE

a. CHRIST’S EXAMPLE

Psalm 40:8 My delight is to do your pleasure, O my God; truly, your law is in my heart. [BBE]

John 4:34 Jesus said, "The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started. [Message]

b. OUR CHALLENGE

Psalm 37:3 & 4 Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. [NLT]

IV WINNING FAVOUR

a. CHRIST’S EXAMPLE

Mark 1:11 a voice came from heaven saying, "You are my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with you." [NLT]

Isaiah 42:1 "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight;

b. OUR CHALLENGE

Colossians 3:23 Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. [NLT]


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