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Because God is … I Can be Useful


Jesus SAVED me by serving me.


Don't be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too. In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought. He was like God in every way, but he did not think that his being equal with God was something to use for his own benefit. Instead, he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man, he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death—death on a cross.

Philippians 2:4-11 (ERV)


Even the Son of Man did not come for people to serve him. He came to serve others and to give his life to save many people.

Mark 10:45 (ERV)

Jesus SHOWED me how to serve others.


So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher' and 'Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

John 13:1-5, 12-15 (NIV)


Jesus SHAPED me TO serve OTHERS.


Your hands shaped me and made me…

Job 10:8a (NIV)


Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb.

Psalm 139:13 (NIV)

  • God has Shaped me for Ministry (service) through my…

Spiritual Gift(s)


He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.

Ephesians 4:7 (NLT)


? What surfaced after I was immersed? _____________________________


Heart


Out of your heart flow the actions of life.

Proverbs 4:23 (Sprt)


And it came to the minds of the disciples that the Writings say, I am on fire with passion for your house.

John 2:17 (BBE)


? What do I love to do? ___________________________________________


Abilities


God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well…

Romans 12:6 (LB)


? What am I good at?______________________________________________


Personality


God works through different people in different ways…

1 Corinthians 12:6 (PT)


? What is my temperament? ________________________________________


Experiences


? What significant live events have I experienced?


Educational? _____________________________________________________


Vocational? _______________________________________________________


Relational? _______________________________________________________


Painful?___________________________________________________________


All praise to God… He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 (NLT)


…God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

Romans 8:28 (NLT)


Ministry Fair – a chance to find my place in ministry…

  • To be served and strengthened?

1.___________________________________________________________________________


2.___________________________________________________________________________


3.___________________________________________________________________________

  • To serve and strengthen others?

1.___________________________________________________________________________


2.___________________________________________________________________________


3.__________________________________________________________________________


Jesus ESTABLISHED the perfect place for me to serve.


So these were the gifts that he gave. Some were to be apostles, others prophets, others evangelists, and others pastors and teachers. Their job is to give God’s people the equipment they need for their work of service, and so to build up the king’s body

Ephesians 4:11, 12 (NTE)


You received a gift from God… Now I'm reminding you to fan that gift into flames.

2 Timothy 1:6 (GW)




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