This Sunday our current teaching series, "The Church is Us” continues. These past few weeks, we have been looking at pillars of a strong church.
In the building industry a pillar provides stability. The rule of thumb is “If you want to go up high, you must go down deep.” When constructed properly, a pillar will hold up under pressure.
What is true in the construction world is also true in the church. If we want our church to be strong then there must be certain pillars firmly in place. Thus far we have studied five - SURRENDER, GIVING, DISCIPLESHIP, FELLOWSHIP, and OUTREACH. This Sunday we turn our attention to SERVICE and conclude next week with WORSHIP (the first Sunday of Advent).
Jesus had plenty to say about being a servant. He said, “If you want to be first, you must be last.” “If you want to be great, you must become small.” But Jesus didn’t just lecture the disciples, He showed them how to be a servant (Read John 13). I am not sure the disciples fully understood everything Jesus was saying when He was still with them, but as I read the Book of Acts, I know they finally got it.
Our lesson this Sunday is titled, “The Ultimate Treasure” and we will look carefully at Matthew 20:20-28 and supplement our study with John 13. Jesus’ idea is that we serve Him by being the servants of others. He said that in His kingdom the greatest one would be the servant of all (Matthew 23:11). The real test of a saint is not one’s willingness to preach the gospel, but one’s willingness to do something like washing the disciples’ feet - being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as very important to God.
This Sunday we will look at this sixth important pillar - SERVICE.
I hope you will make a strong effort to join us this Sunday. I truly look forward to seeing you.
You are loved and appreciated!