10 Calvary Crew Conversation
10 Calvary Crew Conversation- March 25-29, 2019
The Power Behind Your Serve
Scripture Reference-Ephesians 4:11-16:
”Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”
Main Idea: Most people want their lives to matter and to make a difference. People want to succeed in some arena, whether it is in business, family relations, music, athletics, education, etc., but those things alone will not change the world. However, God has equipped us with unique talents, personalities, and skills in order to build the church. That is why we get the greatest joy and make the biggest impact when we use those God-given abilities and gifts to build the Church...the Kingdom. God gives us power when we choose to serve. Erwin Mcmanus says, “The moment you choose to serve, God can trust you with power. It may be that our powerlessness is a reflection of our lack of servanthood because God cannot trust power with a person who chooses not to serve.” God allows us to experience blessings and His power in new ways through serving. Serving allows us to experience the incredible power of giving and it provides us opportunities to experience and reveal God’s power in four unique ways.
1. Serving gives us the opportunity to reveal Jesus.
a. When we serve our focus shifts from self to others. We move from spiritual consumers to spiritual contributors (Matt. 5:14-16).
b. We are able to see others the way Jesus sees them (Matt 25:40).
c. Our love is revealed through serving (1 Sam. 16:7, 1 John 3:18).
2. Serving helps us to see and experience what we were created for.
a. Allows us to discover our gifts, talents, and abilities ( Rom. 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12:1-14, Eph. 2:10).
b. Serving glorifies God (1 Peter 4:10-11)
Question: What has been your personal experience in serving? What gifts or talents do you feel God has given you to use to serve others?
3. Serving draws us into authentic community.
a. Seeing ourselves and others through the eyes of Jesus allows us to encourage one another and carry each other’s burdens. (Heb. 10:24-25, Gal. 6:2)
b. Promotes unity and community when we serve together (John 17:20-23, 1 Cor. 1:10, Eph. 4:12-13)
4. Serving increases our faith by opening the door for us and others to experience miracles.
a. Our faith is increased when we put it into action (James 1:22-25).
b. The obedience of serving opens the door for miracles.
i. The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11);
ii. Fish and Loaves (John 6:9-13)
c. Miracle of Salvation - We are saved to serve; we are redeemed to reproduce spiritually; we are fished out of the miry clay so that we may become fishers of men. (Mark 1:17, John 21:1-19)
Question: Share a time that you were served and loved by the church. How will you match or surpass what you’re receiving? Share a time that you experienced an increase in faith and/or a miracle through serving?
Summary: When we begin to care for and serve others, God redirects our focus. The church needs you. Don’t give into the lie that you are not needed, it will rob you of the joy of serving and the power that comes through it. The simplest way to obey Christ and follow Jesus is to do what He did. Jesus tells us that He came to serve, not be served. We get to know Jesus more intimately, and His presence is made evident in new ways because we get to experience His love for others through serving. The transforming power of Jesus Christ is on display in the lives of those who have traded selfishness for selflessness.
Call to Action: What actions can we take individually and as a Crew to be the church and exist for others?