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January 4, 2016

The Pattern For Servanthood - Matthew 20

In the world's thinking, great men are the ones with authority, prominence, and power. Though Jesus Christ had all that, He gave it up to become a servant (Isaiah 42:1).

Jesus gave Himself completely to fulfill the Father's plan of redemption, even though the beneficiaries - namely, each of us - were undeserving. God is holy and righteous, and He cannot be in the presence of sin. Therefore, He must separate Himself from those who are stained by wrongdoing. That includes all of humanity (Romans 3:23).

Everybody is born captive to the desires of the flesh (Romans 6:16-18). When someone claims to be living on his "own terms," he is actually serving whatever his human nature craves. The penalty for that false sense of liberty is death (Romans 6:23).

Jesus' ultimate act of service was to give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). The word describes the price paid to set a slave free - Christ voluntarily purchased our liberation. There was only one way our holy God could remove our guilt yet remain true to His own law: Someone sinless had to pay our sin debt for us.

Jesus' sacrifice spared us the penalty we deserve. Instead, we receive the gift of grace and have been declared no longer guilty. Moreover, we are elevated from slaves to sons and daughters of the Almighty!

Jesus served the Father's purpose faithfully. He gave up His righteousness to carry the weight of all our wickedness - and endured a crushing separation from His Father. To meet our needs, the Savior held nothing of Himself back, and thereby set a powerful example of servanthood for us follow.

Current Sermon Series
      Last year, as well as earlier this year we studied In The Beginning..., how this world began. We covered the topics of God, Creation, the fall of Satan, the fall of mankind, and the promise of redemption. We briefly covered the first 3 chapters of Genesis. Join us as we continue this series, as we cover the next few chapters in Genesis. Lord willing, we will look at Cain and Abel, Generations of Adam, Noah, and other topics.

Last Week:
      We saw that God had blessings for all of mankind when Noah and his family got off from the ark. We saw God's blessings of Procreation, Prominence, Provision, Prohibition, and Protection. These blessings are the foundational mandates of mankind.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will delve into God's Rainbow Covenant from Genesis 9.

Upcoming Events

January 6 - Wednesday Night Service time has been moved to 7:00 PM. Please make note of the time change.

January 20 - Annual Business Meeting at the church at 7 PM

January 23 - Soup Cook-off & Bake-Off at the church at 5 PM. Everone is welcome to come and bring some food!

January 31 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following AM Worship Service

February 5 - Church-wide Bowling more details to come

February 7 - Carry-In Fellowship Dinner Following AM Worship Service

February 14 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

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