Summary: A sermon on how to serve the ministry of the church (Material adapted from Rick Warren’s "The Purpose Driven Church")
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.
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.
4. Need to start experimenting with different ministries and then we will discover our place. Never find out unless get into the game.
H = Heart
1. Another word for this is passion. What stirs your soul?
2. Another word is enthusiasm. Enthusiasm comes from the root word “theos”- which means “in God.” What are you enthusiastic or “in God” about?
3. God gave us a unique heart. Don’t let anyone look down upon you because not enthusiastic about this or that. Do get worried if you are enthusiastic about nothing.
4. Something that we can really sink our teeth into.
A = Abilities
1. Natural abilities born with.
2. Each person has 500 to 700 skills.
3. Two problems in the church: a) Skill identification. b) Match abilities with ministry.
4. If you have abilities in a certain area and the church is not meeting that need, go for it.
5. (1 Cor 12:5 NIV) There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
P = Personality
1. God loves variety. Many differences in the 12 disciples.
3. Work with the grain, don’t be something that you are not.
4. Get into a ministry that fits your personality.
5. God made you for a purpose.
E = Experiences
1. (Rom 8:28 NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
2. Educational experiences. 3. Vocational experiences 4. Spiritual experiences