A Serving Saint: The Basics


I. The Means of our service.

Ephesians 2:8–10 NKJV
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

A. You are the work of God

Psalm 100:3 NKJV
3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

B. You are not a finished product.

Psalm 138:8 NKJV
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

People of God

Ephesians 4:12–13 NKJV
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

Word of God

2 Timothy 3:16–17 NKJV
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Spirit of God

Hebrews 13:20–21 NKJV
20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 2:13 NKJV
13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

C. You will be completed.

Philippians 1:6 NKJV
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

II. The Motivation for our service.

A. Serving out of love.

Ephesians 6:6 NKJV
6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
Matthew 22:37–40 NKJV
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

B. Serving out of loyalty.

Ephesians 6:7 NKJV
7 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,
1 Corinthians 6:20 NKJV
20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

C. Serving out of our learning.

2 Corinthians 5:11 NKJV
11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.

III. Your Manner of our service

A. Catering to God

Galatians 1:10 NKJV
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

B. Collectively

2 Corinthians 6:1 NKJV
1 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

C. Carefully

2 Corinthians 6:3 NKJV
3 We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.
1 Corinthians 10:32 NKJV
32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,

D. Courageously

1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
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