part4-service and witness


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“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” Luke 10:25-28

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Relationship Stages

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Church/Family Role God’s Role – Grace Church’s Role – Worship, Do Life Together, Serve Together Individual’s Role – Prayer, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness

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A Deeper Prayer Life Set a Time & Place Each Day Remove Distractions Prepare Your Heart & Mind Pray for Others/Self (Five Fingers) Spend Time in Silence/Listening Act on Promptings/Leadings

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The importance of Being “present” To Receive To Give To Engage To Encourage

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God Created Everything (Gen 1:1) God Owns Everything (Psalm 24:1) We are Trustees of things that belong to God (Matthew 25:14-30) Financial generosity is a discipline (1 Timothy 4:7) Biblical Principles of Generosity

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“Gain all you can” – without hurting health, mind, or others “Save all you can” – not about hoarding, but living frugally “Give all you can” – the goal of the process Wesley’s “Three Plain Rules”

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The world of the generous gets larger and larger;     the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;     those who help others are helped. Proverbs 11:24-25, The Message

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Service But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. 1 Peter 2:9-10

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Service Called to be servants, not volunteers Gift of God’s grace, not merit Given to be used for greatest good Gifts, Natural Talents, Passion, and Personality is to be used in service to God’s Transformation of the world

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Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) “'Tis God gives skill, But not without men's hands: (God) could not make Antonio Stradivari's violins without Antonio.” Eliot

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Are You a Servant or a Volunteer? Identity vs. Temporary decision Who you are vs. what you choose to do when it’s convenient Kingdom interests vs. My Own Interests

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What is your Divine Discontent? What breaks your heart? What do you keep hoping someone will do something about? What is stopping you? Ask God to remove it.

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WITNESS “The people of God, who are the Church made visible in the world, must convince the world of the reality of the gospel or leave it unconvinced. There can be no evasion or delegation of this responsibility; the Church is either faithful as a witnessing and serving community, or it loses its vitality and its impact on an unbelieving world.” The Book of Discipline

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For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Romans 10:13-17

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The role of a witness Not to argue the case; that’s the attorney Not to issue a verdict; that’s the jury Not to make judgements; that’s the judge A witness simply shares what he/she saw, heard, and experienced “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” John 9:25

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WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? - INTELLECTUAL ‘We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:5

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WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? - DIRECT “…proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2

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WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? - TESTIMONIAL “…we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3

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WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? - INTEPERSONAL To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.  I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:22

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WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? - INVITATIONAL “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23

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WHAT’S YOUR STYLE? - SERVING “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven..” Matthew 5:16

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How to Share Your Faith Live your Faith Begin with Friendship Listen, Listen, Listen Know your story Offer the Invitation Trust the Spirit

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The Flow of Faith (John 1:35-49) John Philip Andrew Nathanael Simon (Peter)

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Membership Vows Reject evil powers of the world, and repent of your sin To accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression; To confess Jesus Christ as Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord; To faithfully participate in church’s ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness

Summary: Part 4 of Series "Five to Thrive" given by Pastor Eric McCrea at Pine Island United Methodist Church in Bokeelia, Florida.

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