The Church As It’s Supposed To Be: Serve One Another
September 24, 2017

The Church As It’s Supposed To Be: Serve One Another

Preacher:
Passage: Galatians 5:1-16

Summary:

A continuation in our study of the One Anothers and the "Church As It Was Supposed To Be"

Detail:

Serve One Another” Galatians 5:13-16

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Devotion

What would the Church look like if just carried out this command? “...through love, serve one another.” The word for serve here is the Greek word, (δουλεύω douleuō) meaning a low levelservant. Like Jesus’ example when He showed what kind of servant He was asking His disciple’s to be, became the lowliest of servants asking to wash the disciple’s feet. It was a humiliating job to do given the sandals they wore and the dusty roads they walked. This humility in this story works both sides. Christ had to humble Himself, but Peter was called to do the same thing. In our pride we can often fall into the trap of wanting to be everyone’s savior serving others, but struggling to show any weakness and allowing someone else in the Church to serve them. Maybe you are well know, fairly wealthy and very educated, is there anything you can be helped with? Is there anything you can learn from the less educated, less wealthy person in the Church? Receiving is as hard to do as give for some people.

Once again, the motivation for this kind of humility is “Love.” This type of servanthood is a picture of the Spirit working in the lives of the people of the Church. To serve the Church (Christ’s Body) is to serve Christ (See Matthew 25). We are all called by Christ to enter into a community of faith with the motivation of Christ’s love to serve the community that God has called us to. It is when we are walking in our own flesh do we begin to demand that the Church serves us, rather than we serving the Church. The mission of God is most successful when individuals in the church humble themselves, sacrificing their own agenda’s and needs for the Church’s sake and the sake of the Gospel. (See too Philippians 2:3-7). To be able to give and receive is an open door for the Gospel, since the Gospel includes both, Jesus gave it all, and we are called to receive it, not work for it, which in turn humbles us, promotes God’s love in our lives so we can turn and reciprocate this kind of a serving heart.

Questions For Study

  1. How hard is it for you to serve someone else?
  2. How hard is it for you to be served by someone else?
  3. What keeps you from giving of yourself or receiving from others?
  4. Why does it often feel good to give, but not receive?
  5. How does giving and receiving well represent the Gospel?
  6. What can you and Anchor do to improve in this area?