March 20, 2022 ShenUMC 9am Worship Service

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Mar. 20, 2022

The Walk

“Serve”

Matthew 14:13-32; Joshua 24:14-15

1.   Introduction:

     a.   Worship and Prayer: A Living Hallelujah

     b.   Study: The Importance of Listening and Paying Attention

     c.    Serve: Here I Am, Lord, Send Me

     d.   Give: Where Your Treasure Is

     e.   Share: Going Fishing, Reflecting Light

     f.     The Five Practices From The Cross

2.   Serve:

     a.   The words “serve,” “serving,” “service,” and “servant” appear over one thousand times in the Bible.

     b.   God’s primary mode of working in the world is through people.

“Choose this day whom you will serve…

but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 6:8

“Doing justice, loving kindness, practicing love—these are intertwined. Doing justice entails practicing kindness. Practicing kindness is an expression of love and justice.”

Adam Hamilton

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, 

which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Ephesians 2:10

3.   Building Faith Beyond Our Comfort Zone:

     a.   When people tell their faith stories, they talk about stepping out of their comfort zone to meet a need.

     b.   God wants to use something or somebody outside of our comfort zone to stretch and grow our faith.

4.   The Feeding Of The Five Thousand:

     a.   Sometimes we sense a need and God says to us, “Go and meet that need.”

     b.   The disciples did exactly what we do, they started making excuses.

     c.    You do what you can do and trust God to do what only he can do.

5.   Getting Out Of The Boat:

     a.   Peter knew he could not just jump out of the boat; he needed to be invited by Jesus.

     b.   When we focus on our own abilities, we forget to trust God.

     c.    Identify what breaks your heart and then determine what can be done about it.

     d.   We must hear the call and have the courage to get out of the boat.

6.   Conclusion:

     a.   The teaching and example of Jesus.

“Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant…just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:26b, 28

     b.   Much of the time what is necessary to serve Christ by serving others is our willingness to be interrupted.

“It’s clear from the story [The Good Samaritan] that love was not a feeling, it was a willingness to be interrupted, to take some risk, to give up one’s own comfort, to be late for whatever engagement he had in Jericho, and to sacrifice something for himself to help someone else.  This is what love and kindness look like.”

Adam Hamilton

     c.    How would our community change if everyone in our church started each day on their knees, saying, “Here I am, Lord, do with me whatever you want this day”?

          > Choose to do five acts of kindness each week. (260/person/year)

     d.  Closing Prayer: John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer #607: “I am no longer my own…”