Summary: In Ephesians 2 Christian are saved by GRACE to serve by GRACE
Serving by GRACE April 3, 2005
The Call to Serve – Ephesians 2:8-10
Intro: The Birds Video Clip – What is a church? Some have made it a place to wreak havoc, bit the church is the place we’re to invest our lives for God!
Insert: Is FBC your church home or your religious hotel? To call WHFBC home requires a personal investment of your life. The kingdom of God isn’t an appointment to keep, but a commitment to live. It’s not a place we visit, but a place we invest our lives.
Trans: At FBC, our ambition is to do church God’s way. I’m not interested or concerned w/ doing church man’s way or the Baptist way – I’m concerned w/ doing it God’s way. As a result, we have scoured the Bible and have found 3 key passages:
Verse: Mt. 23 Love God and others
Mt. 28:19-20 Go make disciples
Mt. 6:33 Seek first God in everything
Trans: Our mandate is to assist you in fulfilling God’s purpose. We exist to help you become God’s chosen vessel. We desire to help you to reach UP in worship, OUT in evangelism, IN in fellowship, DOWN in discipleship, and AROUND in ministry. To do this, we’ve organized our church around 4 ministry centers – Connect – Grow – Serve – Share. This AM we’re starting a series focusing on our call to SERVE. We believe God has saved us by His grace that we might serve Him by GRACE.
Verse: Eph. 2:8-10
Note: Once we’re rescued from the penalty and power of sin by the grace act of Christ on the cross, we become His workmanship created to do good works for God’s glory.
Word: workmanship – poem. We’re the result of the created genius of God. We’re tools in the Master’s hands called to perform good works to honor and bring glory to Him.
Note: God created us to be contributors – not consumers; He created us to be givers – not takers. We’re created to make a difference. It doesn’t matter how long you live, but how you live. It’s not the duration of your life that matters, but the donation.
Trans: I believe that if God has called you to serve His kingdom, then it’s the church’s responsibility to help you discover, determine, and develop your place and then deploy you into service. We exist to help you honor God w/ your life.
I THE EXPECTATION OF SERVICE
Trans: The Why Puzzle – People are often asking “why?” Why did this happen? Why am I here? The Christian life is a puzzle – it’s a mystery of daily striving to discover and know God’s will. Too many Christians have no understanding of God’s heart, and wander through life seeking a sense of meaning.
Why: We think God is playing a cruel game of hide-n-go-seek w/ us – He’s not! He wants us to know His heart and plan for our lives that we were created w/ a divine purpose in mind – but this doesn’t occur by happen-chance or osmosis. We must intentionally seek first His Kingdom to discover God’s marvelous plan.
A THE GENERAL CALL TO SERVE
1 SEEK the Things of Heaven
a Set HEART on things above
b Set MIND on things above
Point: The highest priority and focus of our lives must be God’s call and priorities. If I put anything else in front of God, then I have other gods on the throne of my life.