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Using the Blessing to be Blessed

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Improving Your Serve

As we?ve been focusing on some ways that we can improve our serve, I want to suggest this morning that it?s possible to get so caught up in what we call our spiritual gifts that we might not survive servant-hood. The key is not so much to identify what we have but to use what we?ve been given. Continue reading

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Defrosting Your Spiritual Assets

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Improving Your Serve

The whole topic of spiritual gifts has been a battleground for many years, going back to the church at Corinth. This tension can result from an overemphasis on certain gifts, or it can come because we like to pick fights with those who are wired differently than we are. Continue reading

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Using Your Shape

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Improving Your Serve

Today, we?re going to see that in order to effectively serve we must make sure that we?ve surrendered to Christ and that we have a proper estimation of self. In other words, we must first go deep before we can go long. Continue reading

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Becoming a Servant

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Improving Your Serve

We?re going to walk though this passage in order to learn four ways to become better servants. Let?s set the context. In the first part of chapter 20, Jesus told a parable about some laborers who were hired to work in a vineyard. The landowner decided to pay everyone the same wage, regardless of how long they worked in the fields. Those who were hired first started to complain because they didn?t think it was fair. Jesus concluded his teaching by saying in verse 16: “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”Verse 19 tells us that as Jesus was headed to Jerusalem to face suffering and death, He took the disciples aside and told them that He would be “mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life.”
As we come to our text today, we?ll see that we?re really a lot like those first followers. Continue reading

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