Summary: A sermon on how to serve the ministry of the church (Material adapted from Rick Warren’s "The Purpose Driven Church")

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Sermon for 9/30/2009

MBA- Mop Bucket Attitude


Dave Thomas, Wendy’s Hamburgers, “I got my MBA long before my GED. I even have a photograph of me in my MBA graduation outfit; a knee length work apron. I guarantee you that I’m the only founder among America’s big companies whose picture in the corporate annual report shows him wielding a mop and a plastic bucket. That wasn’t a gag; it was a case of leading by example. At Wendy’s, MBA doesn’t mean Master of Business Administration. It means Mop Bucket Attitude. It’s how we define satisfying the customer through cleanliness, quality food, friendly service, and atmosphere.”


A. Read Ephesians 4:11-12.

B. Last week we talked about this verse. Give a summary.

C. It was for everyone but probably spoke to the leaders more than anyone.

D. This Sunday I am taking aim at the congregation.

E. All of us are called to service. No one is exempt for the Lord’s draft.

Thesis: I will serve the ministry of my church by doing 3 things.

For instances:

1. By discovering my gifts and talents.

A. At Delphi, in ancient Greece, there stood a temple dedicated to Apollo. Carved over the entrance to this temple were two great principles of life: “Know thyself” and “Nothing in excess.” We are concerned here with the first of these wise sayings, “know thyself.” What the Greeks learned by experience, the Bible teaches by revelation: An individual cannot successfully deal with life and its problems if he does not first understand himself. (Prov 14:8 NIV) The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

B. To know ourselves we have to be completely honest. Of all the subjects we could seek to understand, the most difficult is ourselves. Understanding oneself may be difficult, painful and humiliating (especially when we realize how sinful we really are), but that does not release us from the obligation to try. Paul urges us to “examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Cor. 13:5). God has given us a manual —the Bible — to help us perform this self-examination. The person who dedicates himself to studying this source of wisdom, and constantly monitors his own behavior and motives with a critical eye, will go a long way towards figuring himself out. He will become a better man, because he understands the passions that drive him, and learns how to control them. When he makes a mistake, he honestly deals with it and learns from it.

C. Who am I? Who am I not?

D. All of us have a ministry (Ephesians 2:10). What is my ministry?

E. Rich Warren- Ministry is an expression of our SHAPE

S = Spiritual gifts

1. If you are a Christian, then you have the Holy Spirit, the Spirit gives gifts to use for the common good. (1 Cor 12:7 NIV) Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. I don’t have any gifts? Then you are not a Christian.

2. (Rom 12:6 NIV) We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.

3. How do I find out what my spiritual gift is? There are spiritual gifts inventories that are helpful. It is a start.

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