July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Romans 8:12-25
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Improving Your Serve

Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2

from the book
Something's Coming ... Something Great
Sermons For Advent, Christmas And Epiphany

Robert A. Beringer

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Charles Swindoll in his popular book, Improving Your Serve, tells of how he was at first haunted and then convicted by the Bible's insistence that Jesus came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45)." The more he studied what the Bible says about servanthood, the more convinced Swindoll became that our task in this world, like that of Jesus, is not to be served, not to grab the spotlight, and not to become successful or famous or powerful or idolized. Our calling is to be authentic servants who genuinely give of themselves without concern over who gets the glory.

For many of us, that term servant may conjure up an image somewhere between an African slave named Kunta Kinte straight out of Roots, and those thousands of migrant workers who, at harvest time, populate the farmlands and orchards of America. In my mind is a rather pathetic person, bent over,...

This Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 sermon, Improving Your Serve, is based on Isaiah 49:1-7 and relates to Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Something's Coming ... Something Great. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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