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Autumn Thoughts:The Intimacy of Service

The Intimacy of Service

John 13:1-20

The Dead Sea is so salty that it contains no fish or plant life. What accounts for this unusual condition? There are absolutely no outlets! A great volume of water pours into this area, but nothing flows out. Many inlets plus no outlets equal a dead sea.

Some “Christians” are like the Dead Sea. They have several “inlets” but no “outlets.” To be vibrant and useful believers, we must not only “take in” all we can, but we must also “give out” in service to others!

Every Christian Should Expect

* The Inconvenience of Intimacy ~ John 13:1-11

  • 1/3 Jesus loves ON PURPOSE; He KNOWS terrible things are going to happen, but shows love anyway
  • 4/5 uncomfortable intimacy then; what response today?
  • 6/8 Peter knows how inappropriate this feels! Jesus’ response? “you don’t know what I’m doing” – DO WE?
  • 9/11 this was never about cleanliness, or even intimacy: this is about the cost of caring for others: this is LOVE in ACTION – WHOSE FEET DO YOU WASH? WHO DO YOU UNCOMFORTABLY SERVE?

* The Submission to Service ~ John 13:12-20

  • 12 We STILL grapple with this question “do you understand what I have done for you” DO WE?
  • 13/15 Jesus EXPECTS us to follow His example
  • 16/17 Be honest: do you tell yourself “I’m too good for *that*”? WHEN you do, what do you give up? WHAT BLESSINGS HAVE WE MISSED?
  • 18/20 Jesus USED His Pain to Point to God’s Promise

Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:16-17) NONE OF THESE ARE PASSIVE, NONE ARE PRIVATE – Jesus expected it and did it; why aren’t we?

Navigating Your Freedom

Shaped By A Savior ~ Navigating Your Freedom Sermon Audio Here

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Consider this story told by Bernard L. Brown, Jr., president of the Kennestone Regional Health Care System in the state of Georgia.

Brown once worked in a hospital where a patient knocked over a cup of water, which spilled on the floor beside the patient’s bed. The patient was afraid he might slip on the water if he got out of the bed, so he asked a nurse’s aide to mop it up. The patient didn’t know it, but the hospital policy said that small spills were the responsibility of the nurse’s aides while large spills were to be mopped up by the hospital’s housekeeping group.

The nurse’s aide decided the spill was a large one and she called the housekeeping department. A housekeeper arrived and declared the spill a small one. An argument followed.

“It’s not my responsibility,” said the nurse’s aide, “because it’s a large puddle.” The housekeeper did not agree. “Well, it’s not mine,” she said, “the puddle is too small.”

The exasperated patient listened for a time, then took a pitcher of water from his night table and poured the whole thing on the floor. “Is that a big enough puddle now for you two to decide?” he asked. It was, and that was the end of the argument.

Bits & Pieces, September 16, 1993, p. 22-24.

Learning to Love with Liberty
Love Trumps Knowledge ~ 1 Cor. 8:1-3

  • v1 love builds
  • v3 God knows who loves, who builds up others

Truth Trumps Idols ~ 1 Cor. 8:4-6

  • v4/5 idols are symbols of allegiance to a lesser lord
  • v6 Only One Actual God (Deut. 6:4)

Concern Trumps Freedom ~ 1 Cor. 8:7-13

  • v7 old mistaken ideas can still have power
  • v9 stumbling block – beat the breast in grief
  • v10 weak – not received benefit of being strengthened
  • v10 rebuilds allegiance to false symbol
  • v12 beat down instead of build up; anti-love
  • v13 skandalon, set up a trap

Use your freedom to build up, not beat down.


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