Christian Service

The Book of John

The Path of Service, Part 1

Theme: Love on Its Knees
 
This week’s lessons remind us that true discipleship is marked by selfless service to others, because that is how Christ treated us.
 
Scripture: John 13:1-17
 
Following the Lord Jesus Christ is an individual matter, but it is not individualistic. Let me explain.
 
When we say that discipleship is an individual matter we are saying that it is something the individual himself must do. No one can follow Jesus for you.

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The Book of John

The Path of Service, Part 2

Theme: How to Serve Others: Listening
 
This week’s lessons remind us that true discipleship is marked by selfless service to others, because that is how Christ treated us.
 
Scripture: John 13:1-17
 
We must be practical at this point. Jesus served us by leaving heaven, taking on a true human nature, teaching, and then dying on the cross for our sin. We cannot do that. So we must ask, “How can we serve others?

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The Book of John

The Path of Service, Part 3

Theme: How to Serve Others: Helping and Giving
 
This week’s lessons remind us that true discipleship is marked by selfless service to others, because that is how Christ treated us.
 
Scripture: John 13:1-17
 
Yesterday we looked at the first way to serve others.  Today we look at the next two.
 
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The Book of John

The Path of Service, Part 4

Theme: How to Serve Others: Bearing Burdens and Speaking God’s Truth
 
This week’s lessons remind us that true discipleship is marked by selfless service to others, because that is how Christ treated us.
 
Scripture: John 13:1-17
 
Yesterday we looked at the need to help one another and to give to others in need.

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The Book of John

The Path of Service, Part 5

Theme: How to Serve Others: Restoring
 
This week’s lessons remind us that true discipleship is marked by selfless service to others, because that is how Christ treated us.
 
Scripture: John 13:1-17
 
We now come to the last way we are to serve other people as Jesus did.
 
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The Book of 2 Timothy

Monday: Three More Useful Images

Theme: Three More Useful Images
In this week’s lessons, Paul reminds Timothy of those things he is to avoid, as well as those that he must practice, in order to please the Lord in his life and service.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:14-15

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The Book of 2 Timothy

Tuesday: Being a Skilled Workman

Theme: Being a Skilled Workman
In this week’s lessons, Paul reminds Timothy of those things he is to avoid, as well as those that he must practice, in order to please the Lord in his life and service.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:14-15

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The Book of 2 Timothy

Wednesday: Don’t Miss the Target

Theme: Don’t Miss the Target
In this week’s lessons, Paul reminds Timothy of those things he is to avoid, as well as those that he must practice, in order to please the Lord in his life and service.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:14-15

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The Book of 2 Timothy

Thursday: An Honorable and Clean Vessel

Theme: An Honorable and Clean Vessel
In this week’s lessons, Paul reminds Timothy of those things he is to avoid, as well as those that he must practice, in order to please the Lord in his life and service.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:14-15

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The Book of 2 Timothy

Friday: Faithful Servants

Theme: Faithful Servants
In this week’s lessons, Paul reminds Timothy of those things he is to avoid, as well as those that he must practice, in order to please the Lord in his life and service.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:14-15

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The Book of Matthew

Monday: Eating Loss

Sermon: Have We No Rights?
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42
In this week’s lessons, we see that we are not to demand our rights, but instead, like Jesus, we are to pattern his self-sacrifice and service. 
Theme: Eating Loss

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The Book of Matthew

Tuesday: The Right to Retaliation

Sermon: Have We No Rights?
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42
In this week’s lessons, we see that we are not to demand our rights, but instead, like Jesus, we are to pattern his self-sacrifice and service. 
Theme: The Right to Retaliation

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The Book of Matthew

Wednesday: Our Great Example

Sermon: Have We No Rights?
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42
In this week’s lessons, we see that we are not to demand our rights, but instead, like Jesus, we are to pattern his self-sacrifice and service. 
Theme: Our Great Example

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The Book of Matthew

Thursday: The Right to Our Time and Money

Sermon: Have We No Rights?
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42
In this week’s lessons, we see that we are not to demand our rights, but instead, like Jesus, we are to pattern his self-sacrifice and service. 
Theme: The Right to Our Time and Money

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Friday: Cross-Bearing

Sermon: Have We No Rights?
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42
In this week’s lessons, we see that we are not to demand our rights, but instead, like Jesus, we are to pattern his self-sacrifice and service. 
Theme: Cross-Bearing
Let me close by making this personal. What is your attitude toward all that I have been saying? Are you still dealing with the questions of your rights and your wrongs? Or are you learning to live the kind of life lived for us by the Lord Jesus?

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In the Steps and Power of the Lord

Monday: Peter and Paul

The last section of Acts 9 contains two new stories about Peter (vv. 32-43), but it is a bit surprising to find stories about Peter at this point. We are going to see more of him, of course, in chapters 10-12. But we have just had the story of Paul’s conversion, and we might have expected the continuation of Paul’s story here. Instead, we do not have it until chapter 13. What is going on in this portion of the book? When we analyze Acts, we find that the first twelve chapters are mostly about Peter. Beginning with chapter 13, Paul becomes the central figure. What we have in chapters 9-12 is a blending. As Peter recedes, Paul comes forward.

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In the Steps and Power of the Lord

Friday: Serving Jesus Until He Comes

Let me give a few observations on Peter’s story. The first is how fast the Gospel had spread in these early days. It was not very long into what we call “the Christian era,” but already Christianity had spread south to Ethiopia, north to Samaria and Damascus, and now west to the coast of the Mediterranean. Moreover, Paul had gone back to Turkey and had undoubtedly begun to preach there. Why was this happening? It is because the Gospel spreads.

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More Laborers for the Field

Monday: A New Mission Field

One of the great things about closed doors is that they are not always closed forever. Sometimes God uses a closed door to send us in a contrary direction. But then, as we go on in the Christian life, we find that God later opens that very door. We have an example of this in Acts 18.

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Tuesday: Priscilla and Aquila

Priscilla and Aquila were what we would call “working people.” They were tentmakers, which probably means that they worked in leather since tents were usually made of skins. They were not from the upper classes, certainly. They were probably not particularly well educated. In addition, we know that they were Jews, and had been living in Rome. But when the Emperor Claudius issued his well-known edict banishing the Jews from Rome, Priscilla and Aquila left the capital of the empire and went to Corinth.

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More Laborers for the Field

Thursday: Further Instruction for Apollos

What do you do with someone like Apollos? Here was a man of eloquence and ability, apparently even being greatly used by God since, as we are told, he went to the synagogues and argued effectively with the Jews and other people. Should he have been rebuked? Opposed? Refuted? What actually happened was quite different and very important.

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