Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sermon Notes from Sunday 3.27.11

Here are the notes from today's sermon.  We kicked off a series to emphasize our Season of Service.  This first sermon was from Jesus' teaching in Matthew 25.  To hear the sermon audio and get these notes in PDF, visit  You can also find us on iTunes and subscribe to the podcast.

Serve Like Jesus
Part 1 – Serve Like Sheep
Matthew 25.31-46

Serving Sheep are Sheep
  • The big question is how sheep got to be sheep.
  • It isn’t because of what they did. 
  • It isn’t because of who they did it to.
  • It was because of who they are.
  • The way anyone comes into the Kingdom is through confidence in the King (Eph. 2.8-9).

Serving Sheep Serve
  • The service flows from the identity – we are made to do good (Eph. 2.10).
  • There are physical needs around us to be met.
  • There are relational needs around us to be met.
  • Meeting those needs means ministering to Jesus.
  • It’s not always easy, but we are accountable for the good we should do.
  • The issue is shalom – the wholeness and well-being of the world around us.

God cares about the poor (Proverbs 19.17).
  • This is why we’re involved in Haiti.  
  • Affluence doesn’t mean poverty isn’t present.

God cares about orphans and widows (Isaiah 1.23-24).
  • Who around you needs help because they can’t do it themselves?
  • Who around you needs investment because there are absent parents?
  • How can I be involved with helping children?

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