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Leaders Are Called To Serve

Mark 10:45

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Today’s thought is a quick reminder for all of us who feel a calling to lead. If we are called to lead – we are called to serve. Leaders in the church – be it pastors – Bible study leaders – Sunday School teachers – church officers – office staff – church staff – and more – are called to be servant ministers rather than dictators.

If we are followers of Christ – it should be more about whom we serve than the position we hold. Some people work hard for title or position – rather than to serve. Some people can’t wait to be called teacher – pastor – reverend – church leader – when it shouldn’t matter what we are called – we should all be serving Jesus and others. Continue reading

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August 9, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Serving Others

Mark 10:45

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

82015 RayYesterday – in the message – we introduced our mission statement at First UMC – Bring – Build – Send. We will have a sermon series in October to roll out some more details – but – here are the basics. We want to bring people into environments where they can encounter Christ – we want to build people up in their knowledge and understanding of Christ – and – we want to send people out to serve Christ.

Today’s passage – from our Lord’s own words – models for us being sent out to serve. Christ came to earth to serve and to model serving for us. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Mark 10:35–45 – 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”  36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 39 “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Continue reading

August 31, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One Who Serves

Luke 22:27

I am among you as one who serves.

IMG_0301Would you rather serve or be served? Some would really rather serve than be served – some would rather be served. I know people who serve others all the time – and yet they have a hard time allowing others to serve them when they have a need. I imagine there are those who don’t have a preference for serving or being served.

As Christians – we are called to serve others – to even think of others above ourselves – to love others like Christ loves us. John 13:34-35 – 34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

The call for Christians is to serve others – to follow the example set by our Lord – Jesus – who came not to be served – but rather to serve others. Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Continue reading

May 7, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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