1 keynote sermon

Sunday June 24 "Servant" Pastor Wood

Text: Matthew 20:26 (ESV) 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

  1. To follow Jesus means to follow him in servanthood.
  1. To serve one must be near the opportunity.
  1. Availability to respond is essential for serving. 
  1. Serving requires action.

Scripture for reflection:

  1. To follow Jesus means to follow him in servanthood. 
    1. Luke 9:23–24 (ESV) 23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
    2. Romans 15:8 (ESV) For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
    3. 1 Corinthians 3:5 (ESV) What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.
  2. To serve one must be near  the opportunity.
    1. Acts 6:1 (ESV) Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.
    2. Matthew 25:44–45 (ESV) 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
    3. Proverbs 14:31 (ESV) 31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
  3. Availability to respond is essential for serving. 
    1. Luke 10:36–37 (ESV) 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
    2. Exodus 36:2 (ESV) And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.
    3. 1 Corinthians 16:15 (ESV) 15 Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints—
    4. 1 Chronicles 29:5 (ESV) and for all the work to be done by craftsmen, gold for the things of gold and silver for the things of silver. Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the Lord?”
  4. Serving requires action.
    1. John 12:2 (ESV) So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.
    2. Matthew 27:55 (ESV) 55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him,
    3. 1 Timothy 4:6 (ESV) If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
    4. Matthew 24:45–46 (ESV) 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.