service

Concern for One (Matthew 18:10-14)

Concern for One (Matthew 18:10-14)

We often keep to the aerial blimp view of the world and of the church, which certainly has value but can keep us from seeing each person. We explore Jesus’ use of the expression “little one” and His parable about a shepherd’s concern for one sheep in need.

Engaging the World: Wheat, Mustard, and Leaven (Matthew 13:24-43)

Engaging the World: Wheat, Mustard, and Leaven (Matthew 13:24-43)

Jesus tells 7 parables about the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 7. They are analogies using scenarios which take place in the here and now. We examine 3 in the middle of this chapter to see what they teach the followers of Jesus about our engagement with the world.

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Sitting at the Lord's Feet (Luke 10:38-42)

Our instincts have been trained to come to Martha’s defense. After all, she’s the servant. She’s getting things done while others sit. She should be the one commended here. But is it possible that even something good like service can be elevated to a place of priority it was never meant to hold? And may it actually be drying out our soul…and even masking some deep voids?

Honoring Gray Hair (Leviticus 19:32)

Honoring Gray Hair (Leviticus 19:32)

Our culture now values youth over age, even to the point of sending us messages that we must conform to youth or be left behind. We consider a biblical perspective on age, on interactions between generations, and especially on treatment of older generations.

The Role of Deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13)

The Role of Deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13)

What is a deacon? How does a deacon differ from an elder? What will the work of a deacon look like? And what will be the relationship between a deacon and other members of a local church? 

The Gift of Service (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

The Gift of Service (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)

The ability to love God with all your strength and your neighbor as yourself......through how you serve

Revolutionary Subordination (Philippians 2:1-11)

Revolutionary Subordination (Philippians 2:1-11)

In this great Christ-Hymn of Philippians 2, we learn from Jesus that exaltation only comes because of humility. We walk through this text backwards to see the points that are being made to Christians in how they relate to one another.

A Bruised Reed and a Smoking Wick (Isaiah 42:1-4)

A Bruised Reed and a Smoking Wick (Isaiah 42:1-4)

In anticipation of the mission of Jesus the Messiah, Isaiah describes the gentle care for people who are compared to bruised reeds and smoking wicks. We explore the meaning of these metaphors and how they relate to our mission to all people - even the fragile ones.

The Service of Being Served (John 13:1-15)

The Service of Being Served (John 13:1-15)

Sometimes we get so focused on serving others that we don't realize the insult it is to refuse service from others. We look at Jesus' interaction with Peter in John 13 to see why mutual service is an essential ingredient to Christian fellowship.