Discover and Serve pt 9 – What have I got to offer?

Discover and Serve, Equipping, Serving
Who are you? So far in this series we have been concentrating on the importance of serving in the church. But many people feel they do not have any contribution to make. Rubbish! As members of the body we are not redundant. God would not have put you in a local congregation if you had no place there. It maybe that at this stage of life you actually need to feed from the church or receive healing. But in reality, as you receive help in these, God has made each one of us to make a contribution in some way, whether within the church community or through that community into the wider society. He chose you from before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4) and made good works for…
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Discover and Serve pt 8 – The purpose and benefits of serving

Equipping, Serving
Servanthood is a high calling. Jesus said of himself that he had not come to be served but to serve. As we have already seen he expressed this verbally to the disciples when teaching them not to seek high position (Matt 20:28) and it was also a major part of the prophecies about him through Isaiah in the servant passages already referred to (Isaiah 52, 53). But what are the purposes of serving? I suggest there are three. 1. To help others The primary purpose of the church is to be a change agent to advance the kingdom of God. This, of course, may be achieved in many ways, starting with the lives of individuals as they aspire to fulfil the potential that God has vested in them. So serving…
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Discover and Serve pt 7 – The character of a Servant 2

Equipping, Serving
We will continue to learn from Joseph about the qualities of servanthood. 3. Responsible and reliable Joseph was a remarkable man. He had huge promises over his life from his childhood when he was given dreams about the way he would have authority over his brothers and how even his parents would bow down to him. Yet in Gen 39:19-23 he found himself in prison after being falsely accused of propositioning his master's wife. This is hardly the outworking of the dreams he might have anticipated! Despite this, he did not allow circumstances to compromise his value system. He displayed great spiritual maturity despite everything seeming to go wrong. As a result he was entrusted with a high level of responsibility over other prisoners. The qualities of responsibility and reliability…
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Discover and Serve pt 6 – The character of a Servant 1

Equipping, Serving
Servants are no longer the norm in UK households. With the increase in the costs of labour and the development of household equipment such as vacuum cleaners and clothes washing machines the thought of employing someone to clean and care for the house disappeared from most people's experience many decades ago. However, for many reading this blog in, say, India or Africa, servants around the house are very normal. With wages in these countries often being relatively low and the level of poverty quite high, and with no cushion of a welfare state, it becomes a social responsibility to employ people to give them a family income. In many cases such people become almost a part of the employer's family being trusted with caring for the children, security in the home if…
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