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SLAVES SERVANTS SPIRITUALITY AND SERVICE; WHAT’S THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THESE FOUR?

12 Oct

                          CHRISTIANS ARE SERVANTS

 

Intro.

 
1. The apostles & prophets of Christ regarded themselves as His servants (Paul, Rom. 1:1; Timothy, Phil. 1:1; James 1:1; Peter – 2 Pet. 1:1; Jude 1)
 
2. Every Christian is a servant of God – Rom. 6:22.
 
3. A person can serve either sin or righteousness – Rom. 6:15-18. We cannot serve both at the same time – Matt. 6:24.
 
4. What is a servant? doulos {doo’-los}
 
a. a slave, bondman, man of servile condition (1 Cor. 7:21).
 
b. metaph., one who gives himself up wholly to another’s will (1 Cor. 7:23).
 
c. devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests (Matt. 20:27-28).
 
5. How do we become servants of Christ? What must we serve (and not serve)? What must characterize our service?
 
 
 
I. BECOMING SERVANTS OF CHRIST.
 
A. We Have Been Bought With A Price – 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 7:23.
 
1. As a master purchased servants, so Christ, by His blood, has purchased us to be His servants – 1 Pet. 1:18-21.
 
2. Therefore, our duty is to Christ – 1 Cor. 7:23.
 
B. We Must Present (Offer, Yield) Ourselves To Christ As His Servants – Rom. 6:16.
 
1. Not a forced purchase!
 
2. 6:17-18 – Transaction occurs when we obey from the heart the gospel!
 
a. To “do sin” makes one a bondservant of sin – Jno. 8:34.
 
b. Likewise, to “do righteousness” makes one a servant of it – 1 Jno. 2:29.
 
 
 
II. CHRISTIANS MUST NOT SERVE:
 
A. Sin – Rom. 6:1, 19-23 (6:11-14); Jno. 8:34.
 
1. A conscious decision & effort of our part to not obey its lusts.
 
2. Will we sin? Yes. Will we serve sin? No! – 1 Jno. 1:6; 2:1-2.
 
3. The wages of sin is death – Rom. 6:23.
 
B. Mammon – Matt. 6:24. (Money, treasure, riches – Materialism).
 
1. 1 Tim. 6:9-10 – “Minded to be rich” makes us servants of $.
 
2. Matt. 6:25 – These things are not as important as you are! (Matt. 16:26).
 
C. Their Own Belly (Given Up To Selfish Pleasure & Desire) – Rom. 16:18; cf. Titus 3:1-3. (False teaching, 6:17; malice, hatred – 3:3)
 
D. The Creature Rather Than The Creator – Rom. 1:25.
 
1. By exchanging His truth for the lies of man – 1:25 (19).
 
2. By making God after our own image – 1:22-23.
 
 
 
III. CHRISTIANS MUST SERVE:
 
A. God – Matt. 4:10; 1 Ths. 1:9; Heb. 9:14 (Matt. 22:37).
 
B. Christ – Jno. 12:26.
 
1. With sacrifice – 12:25.
 
2. When we forego our liberties – Rom. 14:16-18.
 
3. And when we stand in sound doctrine – Rom. 16:17-18.
 
C. Righteousness – Rom. 6:19-22.
 
1. Sanctified (set apart) from sin’s dominion (6:14).
 
2. Using the word of God – 2 Tim. 3:16-17.
 
D. One Another – Gal. 5:13; 6:2 (Matt. 20:26-27; 25:40).
 
1. The spiritually weak – cf. 1 Ths. 5:14.
 
2. The spiritually strong – cf. 2 Tim. 4:16 (1 Ths. 5:14-15).
 
E. All Men – Gal. 6:10; 1 Ths. 5:15.
 
 
 
IV. OUR SERVICE TO GOD MUST BE CHARACTERIZED BY:
 
A. A Willing Mind – 2 Cor. 8:12. (Not forced, coerced)
 
B. Devotion – cf. Phil. 2:19-22.
 
C. Humility – 1 Pet. 5:5 (Acts 20:19).
 
D. Sacrifice – Matt. 20:28.
 
E. Reverence – Heb. 12:28-29.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
Matt. 24:45-51 – Servants will be judged & rewarded by their Master, Jesus Christ!
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