God has gifted every believer to function within the the body of Christ (the church). If one part of the body ceases to function then the whole body suffers. Some Christians selfishly refuse to employ their spiritual giftedness in the church while others think their giftedness is not important. Both are wrong. The church needs every believer and every believer is important. How are you using your spiritual giftedness to build the church?
There are times in life when we must admit that something in our lives is broken and we can not fix it. We have been our own worst enemy. Our sinful actions and attitudes have led us to a place of brokenness, and we need God to intervene. At such time, we must come to God on His terms and not ours. There is healing. There is restoration, but it must be done God's way. At Mount Sinai, the children of Israel were in such a predicament. Their sinful actions had brought devastating consequences, and now they wanted to be restored. Fortunately, they had Moses to intercede on their behalf.
If you act out of impatience, there is a good possibility that you will make a wrong decision. In their impatience, the children of Israel made a gold calf. The fallout from this decision was huge. Remember, impatience is a terrible motivator.
By the time the children of Israel reached Mt. Sinai, Moses had firmly established himself as the leader. In Egypt, he stood firm against Pharoah. In the wilderness, he led the people through the Red Sea. In battle, he led the children of Israel in their first military victory. Now, at the foot of Mount Sinai Moses' father-in-law, Jethro, questions some of his methods. He even offers Moses some unsolicited advice. As a leader, Moses must chose between his pride and doing the right thing.
When Moses and the children of Israel leave Egyptian bondage, God does not lead them by the quickest route. The path on which He leads them puts them in an impossible situation that only He can solve. In this encounter, the children of Israel would experience a miracle that would forever define them as a people.
King David was a man of action. As a boy, he killed a bear, a lion and a giant. As a man, he defeated armies and united a nation. However, in his later years, he became an adulterer and a murderer. To complicate matters even more, he fell into a life of passivity. When his family needed him most, he checked out. The results were disasterous!
During His life on Earth, Jesus was the perfect example of how to serve others well. Even though He was Jesus, God's Son, He was still willing to serve.
Jesus had a full awareness of His identitiy and purpose. He knew who He was and what He was about.
If you want to be a secure person and able to serve others out of strength, you need to know your identity and purpose. How can you have that security?
If you're a believer, your identity is that you are a follower of Christ. Your purpose should be wrapped up in Christ.
Jesus humbled Himself to serve those under Him. If He has done this for us, we should have no problem serving each other.
This sermon is based out of John 13:1-17.
Church leaders are called to a higher standard because of the weight of their responsibilities. First Timothy 1:1-13 lays out the qualifications for leaders in the church.
Leaders are called to be blameless. They are called to have good judgement and to not be quick tempered. A leader's first ministry is to be to his family.
Although leaders are called to be above reproach, they are not expected to be perfect and to never mess up.
In his latest sermon, Marty walks through this passage and explains its meaning in depth.