Summary: We are created to serve. The best thing we can do for God's kingdom and ourselves is becoming a servant.
A. One day, some church members were working at their church workday and a teenage boy they didn’t know was working with them to fulfill some court appointed community service hours.
1. The teen asked the man who was working next to him, “So, what bad thing did you do that caused you to end up working here?”
2. The man simply replied, “I didn’t do anything wrong. I’m just serving here at the church because I love God, and it’s a good thing to do.”
3. Unfortunately, I think that many people, old and young, have the attitude that “no one serves unless they have to.”
4. Too many people look at serving in the church as a punishment, rather than a privilege, but nothing could be further from the truth.
5. Ultimately, there is no greater privilege, and satisfaction than serving for the Lord.
B. Today’s sermon continues our sermon series on becoming a Healthy Church.
1. So far we have learned that healthy churches grow deeper through discipleship.
a. We learned that discipleship requires the commitment and devotion of our hearts and lives.
b. We must put God first in all things, and we must strive to obey God in every way.
2. Last week we learned that healthy churches grow warmer through fellowship.
a. We learned that fellowship is more than eating together or socializing with each other, rather it is the expression of genuine Christianity among the members of God’s family.
b. We learned that we are all in the Christian race or on a mountain climbing expedition and that we need each other if we are going to make it to the end.
c. I challenged us to make a list of those people we are going to make an extra effort to encourage and be in touch with. I hope that each of us made the list and are working at it.
3. Today, we want to explore the idea that we will be a healthier church as we grow broader through ministry.
a. Today, I want us to look at several verses about serving, and see what message God has for each of us about serving in ministry?
I. The first thing God wants us to know about serving is that: We are created to serve.
A. Paul stated it well in Ephesians 2:10, “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
1. You and I were made by God, we are His workmanship, His masterpieces!
2. And by the way, anytime we’re tempted to become discouraged about who we are, we need to remember that God is the master craftsman.
3. God designed you and me for a specific purpose, and constructed us for that purpose.
4. We are ideally suited for the role in which God has cast us.
5. God intends for our lives to make a difference, to make a contribution to His kingdom, and He has given us what we need to fulfill that purpose.
B. Do you remember that when God first called Moses to lead God’s people out of slavery in Egypt, Moses balked.
1. Do you remember why he did that? Moses didn’t have a very high opinion of himself. He didn’t think that he was much of a speaker. And maybe at that time, he was right.