A Place to Serve - Dec 9 & 10

GOD WANTS TO USE YOU

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV

 WHY SHOULD I SACRIFICE MY AMBITIONS FOR GOD’S PURPOSE?

“… give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.” Romans 6:13 TLB

1)    BECAUSE IT’S WHAT GOD DID FOR YOU

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

2)    BECAUSE HE WANTS YOU TO BE A TOOL IN HIS HAND

“... for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.” Romans 6:13b TLB

“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV

3)    BECAUSE GOD WILL REWARD YOU

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 NIV

“So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30 NKJV

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” Matthew 10:39 NLT

 HOW CAN I LIVE A SACRIFICIAL LIFE?

“So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.” Romans 12:1 NCV

 1)    WORSHIP GOD CONTINUALLY

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15 NIV

2)    SHARE YOUR LIFE WITH OTHERS AND SERVR THEM IN MINISTRY

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 NIV

“… Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16b NCV

3)    GIVE SACRIFICIALLY

"Give an offering to show thanks to God. Give God Most High what you have promised." Psalm 50:14 NCV

4)    SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH OTHERS

“But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”” Mark 5:19 NLT

“With Jesus’ help we will continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by telling others of the glory of his name.” Hebrews 13:15 (TLB)