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Talk Notes: Acts of Service (17th Sept ’17)

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Love Languages of God

Acts of Service

We are spending 6 Sundays giving space to the idea that God passionately, irrationally, unrelentingly and freely loves us.  Since it’s easier said than understood or grasped, we’re using Gary Chapman’s concept of the 5 Love Languages to help us think about God’s love.

Today, in our third week, Dave is thinking about Acts of Service.  We looked at how Jesus demonstrated this when he, at the point of absolute security and certainty in his identity, used his authority to serve his disciples, not lord it over them. You can read this in John 13:1-5.

This makes no real sense, but this is because we think about service as a matter of importance – the less important person serves the more important person. But God thinks about service as an act of love – Matthew 20:24-28.

God continues to demonstrate his love for each of us through service by working in our lives, transforming us towards the perfect version of ourselves – the person we were created to be.

Our response is firstly to be open to God’s work – willing to give him permission to work in all areas of our lives and open to challenge and change.  And because God loves community, he often speaks to us through the people around us.

And secondly we can be thankful – thankful that he, the creator of the universe, should love us, weak and messy, enough to work in our lives.

 

Some Bible passages to consider:

  • Philippians 2:13 – God working on our desires and empowering us to be transformed. Also worth looking at the context, because verses 1-11 are all about how Jesus served others
  • Ephesians 2:10 – God works as an artist or master craftsman to transform us

 

Some things consider:

  • God’s work in us is often gradual. Sometimes we don’t realise we’re changing until we hit a situation and realise we react differently that we would have before. Can you think of examples of this?
  • How do we make ourselves open to God’s work in our lives? What does it practically look like? What makes this difficult? What step can we take to be more open?

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Posted on 18th September 2017
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