Loving Father, You sent Your Son to rescue us from a life of self-absorption. Yet we fall short of Your callto do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You. You asked for our hands that You might use them to serve others We gave them for a momentthen withdrew them for the work was … Continue reading Confessing Our Calculated Efforts at Serving King Jesus
Donald Macleod, Scottish theologian and professor, writes: “How often is the incarnation brought before God’s people as their chief incentive and motivation to service. Paul urges us to think the way Jesus thought. He humbled himself. He made himself nothing (Philippians 2:3-8). He said, ‘I don’t matter!’ There is scarcely a month that a church … Continue reading One Neglected Implication of Jesus’ Incarnation
What does it look like to live as a family for others? As THE MAN for others, Jesus saved us rather than Himself at the cross and, “every time we reflect on the cross, Christ seems to be saying to us, ‘I am here for you. It is your sin I am bearing, your curse … Continue reading A Family for Others from Philippians 2
Jesus said: “I am among you as one that serves” and “I did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many.” The Apostle Paul reiterated Jesus’ philosophy of leadership: “Ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” So long as there is a human being who does … Continue reading The Secret to Serving Others Well
Jesus said: “I am among you as one that serves” and “I did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many.” The Apostle Paul’s idea of service is the same as our Lord’s: “Ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” So long as there is a … Continue reading When You Meet with Ingratitude From Those You Serve
I was recently examining the minutes of our elders' meetings during this past year and came across this devotional thought I had shared with our leaders a year ago from the esteemed preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, on Psalm 100:2. It challenged me anew to pray that cheerfulness and joy would mark my service and ministry … Continue reading “Serve the Lord with gladness.” — Psalm 100:2
Recently, one of our leaders at Trinity wrote me: "I was really moved this morning as I read a comment from David Brainerd, "...Lord, let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am.." ( John 15:5, 7-8 ) David Brainerd did not live to see his impact for the … Continue reading Making a Difference for Christ
Here's a thoughtful nugget from one of the greatest Christian writers and thinkers of our generation, James I. Packer: "The way to find out whether a particular service was evangelistic is to ask, not whether an appeal for decision was made, but what truth was taught at it." (J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (Downers Grove, … Continue reading Determining Whether a Worship Service is Evangelistic?