Summary: The sermon teaches us to serve family, serve friends, serve neighbors, serve community, and in so doing we serve Jesus.
Acts 3:1-10 Serving
D.L. Moody, 'Every Bible should be bound in leather, shoe leather'.
What is it to serve God and to do His will? Nothing else than to show mercy to our neighbor.
For it is our neighbor who needs our service; God in heaven needs it not. - Martin Luther
This week at VBS:
1. We learned how Miriam served Family
A. Miriam serve family by keeping an eye on Moses to make sure everything went well as he drifted down the Nile
2. We learned how four Friends served a friend
A. Four friends served their friend who could not walk
B. It was noised that Jesus was in the house and the four respond
3. We learned how a Samaritan served his Neighbors
A. The Good Samaritan served the injured man by stopping to help
B. He poured ointments on his wounds
C. He bandaged them; put the man on his beast took him to an inn
D. Paid for his stay and left him there and returned to pick up the remainder of the cost.
4. We learned how a man named Zaccheaus served his Community
A. Zaccaheaus got saved and returned the money he had stolen plus 4 times the amount
5. Today we will learn Jesus served - for Us
A. Everything Jesus did, He did was for us
B. He was born for us so He could be with us
His name would be called Emmanuel meaning "God with Us"
C. He lived and died for Us.
2 Cor 5: 21God made him who had no sin to be sinA for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.
D. He is coming Back for Us. 14If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service
I will wait for my renewalC to come. when you call I will answer.
6. Jesus served Us so we should serve Him
A. We serve Jesus by being Faithful . The text reveals they went every day to church
31One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer
Be faithful every day, every way, every where, every opportunity,
B. We serve by having Feelings spring up in us Peter and John had feelings for the beggar
. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John.
Feelings of Compassion help to serve
Feeling of Care kind hearted ness Provoke helps; Feelings of Concern provoke ways of helping.
After hearing of a child in McDowell County who would eat two or more helpings of food at school. A teacher noticed him doing that during the week and a teacher asked him why he ate so much? He said, “I want to eat as much as I can because when I go home I will not be hungry and my brothers and sisters will have more to eat”. As a result of that compassion and care it provoked a help, now we are planning a mission trip there to do a VBS and help feed children next year in that area. We have a donation jug that you can start filling with money now so we can go.
C. We serve by having a Faith in a Name who can Cure us
6Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk."
Healing is in that name
Salvation is in that name
Strength is in that name
Victory is in that name
D. We serve Him because of the Joy He can Bring to Us and others
Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him
walking and praising God, 10they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate
called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.