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Sunday September 15th, 2019

"Service" - Cultivate Series - Pt 4

Pastor Rick Busse


What do you do when you know that you are the most powerful person in the room?" Andy Stanley


John 13:1-5; 1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that His hour had come to leave this world and return to His Father. He had loved His disciples during His ministry on earth, and now He loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God. 4 So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then He began to wash the disciples' feet, drying them with the towel He had around Him. (NLT)


What does service do?


1. Service takes the focus off of me.


"...nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hidden-ness."  Richard Foster Celebration of Discipline


John 13:1; Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that His hour had come to leave this world and return to His Father. (NLT)


2. Service redefines greatness.


John 13:14-1514And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. (NLT)


Matthew 20:25-28; 25..."You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many." (NLT)


3. Service protects your soul.


1 John 2:16-17; 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (NLT)


John 13:3; 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given Him authority over everything and that He had come from God and would return to God. (NLT)


Practice service:


1. Be helpful.

2. Be courteous.

3. Be hospitable.

4. Share each other's burdens.

5. Share the words of Life.