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Summary: We are to eagerly serve Jesus.

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Romans 12:3-11

S: Service & Lighthouse Lifestyle

Th: Seeing the Unseen Christ: How His Presence Transforms Life

Pr: WE ARE TO EAGERLY SERVE JESUS.

?: How? How do we do it?

KW: factors

TS: We will find in our study three factors we must work with in order to eagerly serve Jesus

The ____ factor we must work with in order to eagerly serve Jesus we are…

I. COMMONPLACE (3)

II. CONSOLIDATED (4-5)

III. CONTRASTING (6-8)

Application (9-13)

RMBC 3/18/01 AM

INTRODUCTION:

Notebook: Inefficient (Cadillac)

Many years ago, a make-up artist was applying makeup on Red Skelton, the famous comedian, and he said to him, “Mr. Skelton, I understand you have a new Cadillac. What kind if mileage do you get?” Skelton replied, “Well, it’s this way. The other day I was filling up, the boy came to my window (there was no self-service then) and said, ‘Would you mind shutting down the engine, Mr. Skelton? You’re getting ahead of me.’”

1. Do you ever feel that you are falling behind?

I confess that sometimes I feel that way in ministry.

I grieve that I am not more effective.

Like when a marriage partner decides to leave his/her spouse and I am unable to persuade them out of it.

Or like when I couple comes into my office and asks me to marry them, and I discuss with the importance of following God’s design in order to receive God’s blessing, I get the blank stare because the couple is already living together.

Or like when I am trying to persuade an officer of children and family services that they are making it worse because they believe an accusation with no basis in truth.

Or like when I witness to someone, but I am observing no result.

I feel ineffective.

You know…

2. Feeling ineffective is very draining.

The truth is, is that in the church, there are more problems than one person can handle.

I can’t personally meet all the needs of everybody.

I can’t be everybody’s best friend.

I can’t be the substitute parent, or the personal confidant in every situation.

Now, don’t misunderstand.

My point is not to evoke sympathy.

This is not my purpose.

I just want to say that the church is not designed to work around one person.

TRANSITION:

The truth is…

1. When the church is not functioning properly, people problems are aggravated.

Have you ever noticed that what seems like a happy marriage will disintegrate almost overnight, and you didn’t even know the couple was having problems?

Or somebody leaves the church and you don’t notice in time, nor did you even know there was a problem?

Or there is someone so depressed about his inability to support his family, and is thinking of ending it all?

I am sure that there is within our fellowship hurting and struggling people falling through the cracks, and nobody, including me, is even seeing it.

But, this is not how it is supposed to be.

2. The church is designed to be a safety net in which people’s needs are met.

For people like we have described, help is found in those of us that make up the body of Christ.

We are to be the help.

It is not for someone else to handle.


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