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Summary: This is the 6th sermon in a series of 8 on discipleship. This sermon describes the important roleof servanthood in discipleship.

There is also the service of listening. This is an easy service if we simply take the time to do so. You don’t have to have the correct answers to listen well, you simply have to have a compassionate heart and a listening ear. There is the service of bearing the burdens of each other. There is the call in Galatians 6:2 (quickview)  to “Bear one another’s burdens and in doing so you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Love is most perfectly fulfilled when we bear the hurts and sufferings of each other and offer a shoulder or a hug to those who need it.

The final act of service that Richard Foster talks about in his book on spiritual disciplines is the act of sharing Christ with others. This is the greatest service we can offer to any human being. The act of bringing someone into a relationship with Christ and giving them the gift of eternal life is the greatest act of service we can perform and it is the greatest challenge we have been given as disciples of Christ. This act of service is also deeply woven in all of the other acts of service.

If you strive to make your life an act of service, then God will open doors for you like you have never experienced. God will give you numerous witnessing opportunities for non-believers and ministry opportunities for believers and non-believers alike. As you prepare to commit yourself to a life of service to others, and God, be prepared for an endless amount of ministry opportunities. As we continue in worship tonight offer this prayer up to God: “Lord Jesus, as it would please you bring me someone today whom I can serve.” Strive to start every day in this way, “Lord Jesus, as it would please you bring me someone today whom I can serve.”

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