Five Elements of a Healthy Church
Part 2 (Serving)

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL
July 11, 2016

Happy Monday morning! I pray that you have enjoyed some down time over the weekend and that you are ready to start a new week. Be looking for ways to serve others this week. Be open to what God has in store for you.

We are in part 2 of our series, Christ-Centered for Life. Each of us needs to answer a key question: “Am I truly living a Christ-centered life for everyone to see?”

This week’s focus is on Ministry (Service) – Churches grow broader through ministry.


God has called us to SERVANT Leadership

Romans 15:1
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. [MSG]

Jesus constantly taught that ministry isn’t top down. Jesus taught and demonstrated that service is bottom up.

This is made crystal clear at the last supper. Jesus did not wait for someone to serve Him.

John 13:4-5
So He got up from the table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, and poured water in a basin. Then, He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel He had around Him. [NLT]

Jesus took advantage of this teachable moment. He knew that he was going to die and bowed His knee before them, in an act of service.

At LWFC, we serve not because “I” ask you to do the dishes, we serve following Jesus’ example.

Luke 22:26-27
But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves. [NLT]

Christ-centered servants willingly make the commitment to sacrifice themselves in order to make GOD look good.

As you go about your week, ask yourself how you can go beyond being an attender and step into an area of service.

God has something for everyone!

Christ-centered for Life,

Pastor Paul


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