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Summary: Part of a series on the keys to joyful service in the church

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Service with a Smile:

Finding Your Passion

Scripture Reading: Gal. 1:11-24

[Tigger video depicting a cartoon character who displays passion]

I don’t care who you are,

I don’t care how smart you are,

whether you’re young or old,

whether you’re tall or short,

as beautiful as Robin or as homely as me,

there is something within you,

something you really care about,

a place that makes your eyes light up—or tear up—

when someone or something touches it,

a subject or interest that gets you excited,

that can make you crazy with enthusiasm,

excitement,

fulfillment.

[ASK ONE OF THE KIDS] What was it for Tigger? What was his passion? What got him all excited in that video we just watched? RIGHT! It was bouncing!

For Dr. James Dobson, it’s—what? [FAMILY]

For Billy Graham, it’s—what? [EVANGELISM]

For Mother Teresa it was—what? [THE NEEDY]

For YOU, it’s—what?

That’s the question we’re going to try to answer this morning.

So, as we get started, I’d like to invite you to pray with me, please:

Father God,

I pray for each of us in this place this morning.

Please speak to us from your Word, the Bible,

turn on a light in our hearts and minds

that we might see more clearly

how to follow and serve you,

and that the way might be opened for us to

have FUN and find FULFILLMENT

in glorifying you and serving others,

in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Good morning. My name is Bob Hostetler, and

this morning at Cobblestone Community Church we begin a new four-week series of messages from the Bible, entitled “Serving with a Smile.”

You see, we here at Cobblestone Community Church have been meeting together for worship for only eight weeks now; this is our ninth Sunday celebration.

And it’s our plan, as we worship and fellowship and pray together, to prepare to launch a full fledged, new, different, dynamic,

community-oriented,

student-friendly,

seeker-aware,

outward-focused church

on Palm Sunday, April 8, 2001.

But we feel very strongly

that we want that church

to be the kind of church

where people are equipped and energized

—set free—

to have FUN and find FULFILLMENT

in glorifying God and serving others.

As a matter of fact,

I not only believe that’s possible,

I believe it’s IMPERATIVE!

Because, you see, when the Bible says,

“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7).

I believe it’s a mistake to apply that statement

to the giving of money alone.

I believe “God loves a cheerful giver” applies also to those who give their time and effort and expertise in the service of God . . . .

And God LOVES IT when you and I are serving

him

and his people

and his children who haven’t yet surrendered to him

with joy

and laughter

and excitement

and exuberance

and fulfillment.

I believe God LOVES IT when we’re having a blast

in glorifying him by serving others!

Because he loves cheerful giving!

So how do we do that?

I’m so glad you asked.

Because I’m convinced that the key to

to having FUN and finding FULFILLMENT

in glorifying God and serving others

is in:

• finding your passion

• finding your gifts

• finding your style, and

• finding your place.

And those are the things we’re going to concentrate on these next four weeks:


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Jeanne Zimmermann

commented on Jun 5, 2007

This was very good, but it wouldv'e been very helpful to include the "passion assessment".

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