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Sacrificial Servants

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Stephen Johns

on 4 February 2018

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Transcript of Sacrificial Servants

Sacrificial Servants:
Romans 16:1-7
Killing Entitle
me
nt
Sacrificial
Service

Relational
Depth

Servant of the church
patron
fellow workers
church in their house
first convert
worked hard for you
fellow prisoners
risked their necks
fellow prisoners
beloved x 3
approved in Christ
mother to me
fellow workers
worked hard in the Lord
vs. 1-7
vs. 8-16
Living out the Gospel frees me from the misery of the sin of entitlement.
The Gospel Calls me to Valuable Sacrifice
Phoebe:
Deaconess
Patron
Travels from Cenchreae
Trusted Servant
Entitlement asks "what about me" while Gospel sacrifice asks "what about others?"
Priscilla and Aquila:
Kicked out of Rome
Housed Paul in Corinth
Worked with Paul as tentmakers
Traveled to Ephesus
Saved Paul's life
House used for the church in Rome
Entitlement asks "what about me" while Gospel sacrifice asks "what about others?"
Acts 19:28-31

"28 When they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" 29 So the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul's companions in travel. 30 But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him. 31 And even some of the Asiarchs, who were friends of his, sent to him and were urging him not to venture into the theater."
Epaenetus:
First convert in Asia
Faithful in the face of risk
Entitlement asks "what about me" while Gospel sacrifice asks "what about others?"
Biographies of Sacrifice
Valuable Sacrifice
Mary:
"Worked hard"
- used by Paul 7 times in describing his ministry
- used by Paul to describe the ministry of Epaphras, Timothy, and Barnabas
- Mary had nurtured, given life to, and used words to minister to others
Entitlement asks "what about me" while Gospel sacrifice asks "what about others?"
Andronicus and
Junia:
Entitlement asks "what about me" while Gospel sacrifice asks "what about others?"
Fellow prisoners
Previous converts
Known by the Apostles
"First fruits"
It points back to the sacrifice of Christ
It points forward to a better day
It humbles us because it costs us
Entitlement misses this because it expects this
Entitlement misses this because it is all about the here and now
Entitlement misses this because they deserve honor, respect, deference, agreement, etc.
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