“Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.”
SOME EXCERPTS AND LESSONS FROM TODAY’S MESSAGE
FOCUS: “OVERALL ATTITUDE IN OUR RESPECTIVE CALLINGS”
Text: [Romans 12:11]
“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”
- DO NOT BE SLOTHFUL IN ZEAL
- BE FERVENT IN SPIRIT
- SERVE THE LORD
– The devil can influence us to be slothful, generally lazy, or discouraged.
– We need to rouse ourselves to function well if we are consumed by slothfulness.
– If you are sluggish, slack, or slothful – you are going to affect the brethren in the church
– Slothfulness and laziness are peculiar temptations to (most of all) men.
– Remind ourselves that we are serving God in His kingdom.
– The ultimate antidote to slothfulness is to do it in servitude to the LORD
– Paul realized he did not deserve anything, and we are just bondservants of Christ.
– Zeal is the essence of Christian conversion. Christianity is not just embracing the religion.
– Lukewarmness is the worst temper in the world
FOCUS: “UNWORTHY SERVANTS”
TEXT: [LUKE 17:7-10]
“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
- AS OUR MASTER, HE HAS THE RIGHT TO EXPECT FROM HIS SERVANTS
- AS HIS SERVANTS, WE OUGHT NOT TO EXPECT FROM OUR MASTER
– The Lord expects His servants to serve Him.
– In the analogy, Christ used the word “Doulos” (Ancient Greek: δοῦλος, Greek: δούλος, which means a servant that is attached or bound to his master.
– What does it mean to serve the LORD?
a. It is to make a resolute decision to submit to Him.
b. It is to recognize His Lordship over our lives.
c. It is to do His will and do what He has commanded us to do.
d. It is to recognize His authority over us- Servants should not expect the Lord to thank Him
– God doesn’t owe us anything in return for our service to Him.
– The Lord is not required to thank us because it is our duty to serve Him.
– Everything is thru God’s divine enablement. Even our strength and our ability to serve.
– No matter what we’ve done we have never really offered anything that He is worthy of.
– We should serve God humbly knowing that we are just servants and He is our Master
– There is only one service that was able to offer God the service He is worthy of and it is the service of His “Suffering Servant” (Isaiah 53): none other than our LORD Jesus Christ.
“We deserve nothing for our obedience, because obedience is the minimal requirement of a citizen of God’s kingdom.”R.C. Sproul
OFW COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP
TEXT: [Ephesians 2:1-3]
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.”
- We are spiritually dead in sin
- We walked according to the course of this world.
- We once lived in the passions of our flesh
- We were by nature children of wrath just like the rest
– Insatiable desire of sinners to satisfy our worldly passion and pleasures.
– The flesh is a cruel task-master.
– The problem is not with God but with a man who is spiritually dead.
– Our depravity affects our minds. (Eph 2:3) – it flows from a carnal mind. (Gen 6:5. Jer 17:9)
– One proof that we are in God’s grace is our minds. (Rom 1:28, Eph 4:17, Rom 8:6, 2 Cor 4:3) The mind is the battleground.
– Wrath is one of God’s attributes.
– God hates sin but loves the sinner is only true for God’s children not to those who love their sins.
– God’s anger is not mere emotion. It is an expression of God’s holy character toward anything against His holy.
– Nothing in the power of man could save us.
– 1 John 2:2 – The blood of Jesus Christ is our propitiation “wrath-removing sacrifice.”
– In Christ, you’ll find salvation to the uttermost
Blessed LORD’s day!
To God alone be the glory!