Summary: servanthood

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Title: Life Basic Training # 2 ..Moses -- The Making Of A Servant

Text: Acts 7

Intro: Last week we began a series of messages that deals with our values.

Values - is the lifestyle by which we truly live our lives by. For what we live is what

we truly value.

-- Last week we looked at the values of the 12 disciples and how they where in total

contrast to Jesus’ values.

- The disciples’ values said they followed Jesus to be great in the land - to rule and

to reign in His physical kingdom He would establish when He overthrew the


- Jesus’ values said to lead, to be first, to be great among people -- is to be a


- Biblical Leaders in the body of Christ are servants to the body.

Last week we learned the way we lead people is to serve people at Life Church!

- Willing to wash the feet of your brothers and sisters.

- For in serving, God will use you to influence others.

- Biblical Leaders are submitted, they serve, and they influence others through their

servants life.

-- Why are we to be the servants of the Lord? What is God’s great plan for us?

- Life has no greater meaning and purpose - than to be involved with God’s plan.

- Life -- is lived fullest when we set our value system to be involved in serving Him.

-- We do not like to here about servanthood, especially we in America, we are

taught that we must be in control of our own destiny, we must be the king over

our own kingdom.

- Success is defined with power, and money.

- God’s model for Servanthood -- does not fit into the mold of the American


-- The role of a leader in the body of Christ -- is to be a servant. My role as the

pastor of this church, the role of the LifeCell Leader of this church -- is a servants

role to serve this church.

- The role of a Believer in the body is the role of a servant.

- Jesus said in Mark 10:45,

"…I did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a

ransom for many"

- Jesus is the greatest leader of all times -- He is the greatest servant leader of all


- His value system is to be a servant

- Life has its fullest meaning -- when the Believer learns to serve.

Illus. 0 -- The word servant does not have to have negative connotations. Servanthood

brings life joy. Remember back when you took that family a Turkey dinner,

when they would have had can soup if you would not have. Remember when

you saw that person who needed your help and you help - then and how good it

felt to serve them. Remember back when you serve someone, just because you

loved them. Your life was filled with joy. Why? Because in serving, you fulfill

the Will of God.

- Jesus came to serve.

- Life has its fullest meaning -- when you learn to serve.

Illus. 0 - Last week I spoke of a pastor who wanted to get rid of a local drug dealer in town

who drove a Yellow Cadillac. Another pastor challenged him to serve this drug

dealer and to wax his car. The other pastor said, "we will never reach the world

until we learn to serve and love them - like Jesus did". Well, the local pastor

never waxed his car, but the drug dealer became very ill and was bed

ridden for several weeks. Every week the local pastor came to his house and

mowed his lawn as an act of service to this man. The drug dealer came to know

the love and compassion of Jesus -- and came to know Jesus as Lord and


- This local pastor showed us the life of a servant of the Lord -- and God’s purpose

for life became real to this drug dealer.

T.S. - Today, we will look at a man who was a "Somebody" in himself -- and God molded

him into a servant.

I. The Somebody, Called Moses, Acts 7:17- 36

1) Moses Was A "Somebody", v22.

Ex. - Moses grew up a "Somebody". Exodus chapter 2 begins the story of this man.

Acts 7:22 -says he was taught in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was mighty in

words and in deeds. He wasn’t born on the right side of the tracks, but he sure

grew up on the right side of the tracks. While Hebrew children his age were in

slavery, and daily hard labor for the Pharaoh, Moses was being pampered by the

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