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OIKOS MINISTRIES

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serving others

I. Serving begins with Obedience Matthew 22: 37-40.

First Commandment
Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' This is the most important, the first on any list."

Second Commandment
"But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them." Your neighbor is anyone who is in your sphere of influence.

The Ten Commandments
Deuteronomy 5:7-21.
1. The first five commandments are about loving God - God's love comes down vertically to us; when we love Him back it is a vertical relationship.
2. The last five commandments are about loving people - if we have a vertical relationship with God, it will be natural to have a horizontal relationship with people.

II. Greatness comes through Serving - Matthew 20:20-28.

A. The mother of two of Jesus' disciples asked Jesus if her sons could sit on His right and left side in the His Kingdom.

B. Jesus answered - Matthew 20:24-28 - "When the ten others heard about this, they lost their tempers, thoroughly disgusted with the two brothers. So Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, "You've observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It's not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage."

III. Develop a Serving Attitude.

A. Philippians 2:5-8 - "Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion"

B. Colossians 3:17 - "Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way."