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CFC HLT Talk 1 (2B1)
Transcript of CFC HLT Talk 1 (2B1)
To do better Christian servants, we need to understand the nature of Christian service.
You need to ask yourselves
Why do you serve?
For we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do
Who are we as servants?
How do we serve?
Two basic realities that we need to see
Kingdom of darkness under Satan
Kingdom of light under the Lord
Kingdom of Darkness
Satan has real spiritual power. He has forces under his control which are opposed to God and His followers.
Our enemy is not principally social problems, human weakness, lack of education, etc., but a whole kingdom. Our battle is a spiritual one
Any Christian service is automatically spiritual warfare.
The kingdom of light will involve us in this battle for the hearts and minds of men
Man is in sin and bondage and needs to be redeemed.
The fundamental problem of the world is not social ills but sin.
Man needs to be reconciled with God, and only Jesus is able to do this.
We are the instruments that God uses to bring other men back to Him.
The two realities should form our vision for our Christian service.
being a servant rather than on doing service.
The story of Martha and Mary.
Luke 10:38 42.
At the Home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Christian service is not simply what you do, but who or what you are as you do it.
The duty of a servant.
Lk 17:7 10.
The identity of a servant.
Phil 2: 5-8
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
The obedience of a servant.
8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
There are three important New Testament passages that we will examine in order to clarify our understanding of what it means to be a servant.
7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
a) We have lost touch with the real meaning of the word "servant" as understood in Jesus' time.
During those times, a servant (or slave) was someone who was another person's property and had no rights whatsoever.
Thus Jesus' story must have been amusing to his listeners. They could not comprehend a situation where the servant is served by his master.
b) We are the Lord's servants. We have been bought at the price of his blood. We no longer own ourselves. We are to be men and women who serve the Lord without regard for ourselves.
a) Christian service is not just another avenue for self-fulfillment.
We have no basis for insisting that God give us work to do that suits our personality, interests or personal gains.
b) The Christian doesn't seek to serve himself. Rather, he humbles himself and puts himself at the disposal of everyone else.
A requirement of the lordship of Jesus and our own servanthood is obedience to his authority.
Obedience cannot be halfway or half hearted. Either Jesus is Lord of all areas of our life, or our ascription of master and Lord to him is meaningless.
Obstacles to Obedience.
Natural disinclination to being a "servant".
We think of "servants" as lowly, doing menial work, unable to become better on their own.
Solution: Correct concept of being the Lord's servant.
Natural disinclination to think of other people first instead of ourselves.
a) We often think first of what is good for us, what will fulfill us.
b) Solution: A fundamental reorientation of our lives.
Realize that a servant of the Lord never goes into a situation for himself, but always looking out for how he can serve others.
a) Our fallen nature is inclined to say "I will not serve".
b) Solution: Repent, and resolve to obey.
Lack of trust (in the Lord, our heads, our brothers and sisters).
a) If I obey, will they take care of me? Can I rely on them?
b) Solution: Have faith!
Realize that God calls us to serve Him and will care for us as a loving Father.
Realize that God puts other people in headship position over us and He works through them.
Realize that God has called us into CFC to experience brotherhood and sisterhood in the Lord.
Growing into maturity as Christian servants.
1. The Lord does not just want us to be enthusiastic and willing servants, but he wants us to be mature Christian servants. He wants people he can truly count on.
Some signs of maturity:
a) Christian wisdom and teachings are being applied to your lives.
b) Relationships (both with the Lord and with one another) are strong and full.
c) Faithfulness characterizes your lives.
* Daily personal prayer.
* Attendance at meetings.
* Fidelity to service assigned.
d) You are men and women of your word. You can make commitments and stick to them.
e) You are working on the various obstacles and shortcomings in your lives as Christians.
* Every new day should be taken as an opportunity to become more Christlike.
f) You are servants who can serve without having to be acknowledged, appreciated or rewarded.
* Though God and CFC do appreciate your efforts, our motivation is not reward or recognition.
* We simply serve out of our love for God and neighbor.
The cost of servanthood. 2 Cor 11:23-28.
23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
a) Perhaps none of us would ever have to go through Paul's experiences. But being God's servant will involve some hardship and suffering.
b) All the difficulties involved with being a servant will produce joy for us. There is a purpose for the difficulty.
2 Cor 11: 23-28
Our lives are like a grain of wheat. John 12:24 26.
John 12: 24-26
24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
a) To be fruitful we must fall into the ground and die.
3. We are all privileged to be the Lord's servants.
b) Our dying to ourselves is life giving to others.
* We die to our self interest.
* We put the Lord first.
HOUSEHOLD LEADERS TRAINING - TALK # 1