Serve One Another

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SERVE ONE ANOTHER

Thesis: Serving one another is a command to all believers. It is in serving one another that we show the love of Christ.

I.Serving one another theologically

A.Definition of the word “serve”
1. Greek meaning
2. Reference support of the meaning
B. What the Bible says about serving one another
1. Living as Christ’s example to serve others (Mark 10:45)
2. Serving is loving (Galatians 5:13)
3. Humility in serving (1 Peter 5:5-7

II.Serving one another sociologically
A.Significance of serving in society
1.Service as an act of selfishness
2. Self-righteous service versus true service
B.Service implications on society
1.Serving others comes as a blessing
2.Some benefits of a community coming together to serve as one

I.Church and Community united through service
A.Service to the community
1. A selfless service exemplifying God’s love
2. Caring about those you are serving
B. Things the Church does to serve
1. As a Church body the Church serves one another
2. Planning community events

Serving one another is beneficial to everyone. By serving others we are able to have more of an appreciation for how Christ lived his life; “[He] did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45; NIV) As Christians we are called to serve and put others first, for Jesus said “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35; NIV) Serving one another is a command to all believers. It is in serving one another that we show the love of Christ.

The word “serve” means to be a servant, attendant, to wait upon, to minister, to attend to anything that may serve another’s interests, to serve one or by supplying anything. (1 Peter 4:10-11) Most often when you hear the word “servant” you think of the word “bondage” and “captivity”. Being a servant is seen as a loss of free will and society today outs on a defensive mask because as human beings we have a right to out free will and how could anyone dare to think otherwise. Jesus calls us as human beings to live in harmony, serving and putting others before oneself. God does not force us to be servants but instead we are to “Serve the LORD with gladness”. (Psalms 100:2; NIV) God will not force his people to do anything that they do not want to do but should we choose to live the life that Christ has commanded then “he is the one who will save [his life]”. (Luke 9:25; NIV)

Another meaning for the word “serve” or “servant” is a deacon. To be a deacon of the church it is their role to serve the church and the people involved with the church; they are to be servants. Deacons are also leaders in the church but to be a leader you must be a servant. Jesus said to his disciples that “if anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant to all.”(Mark 9:35; NIV) Even though society sees being a servant as being the lowest on the social latter God says that those who serve as deacons “must be well respected and have integrity.” (1 Tim. 3:8; NLT)

We are called to be examples of Christ’s life here on earth. Christ lived as a servant to everyone around him. Jesus told his twelve disciples that “since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.” (John 13:14; NLT) This is an example that Christ has given for believers to follow and are then commanded to go and “do as [Christ has] done to you.” (John 13:14; NLT)

Serving one another is showing love to one another. We have been called to live in freedom and “use your freedom to serve one another in love. (Gal. 5:13; NLT) We are to “love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deut. 11:13; NIV) By serving one another we are showing the love of God and we show our love to God by serving those that he loves. We all like being catered to, so we are asked to cater to others; “love your...
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