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The Five Functions of a Congregation

Part 4: The Five Functions of a Christian
Congregation: Function 4—Christian Service
As I have been sharing for the past several months, God calls Christian congregations to five different functions. Each function brings a specific blessing to people. Worship gives people God's strength for daily living as our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is renewed throughout the worship time. Christian Education gives people unshakeable principles upon which to build their lives. Christian Fellowship gives people others to care for and be cared for by. Christian Service gives people a profession to live out. Christian witness gives people purpose for living that has eternal ramifications.
Today I want to briefly share concerning Christian Service. God designed us to serve one another. Philippians 2:4-8 reminds us, “do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Jesus points out His service to us as the foundation and the reason behind our service to others. “We love because He first loved us” 1 John 4:19. Serving out of love for Christ means that we give of ourselves with no expectation of return or reward. We serve doing the best we can possibly do. We serve with joy and not bitterness. We rejoice in the act of serving in Christ’s Name and do not worry about comparing ourselves to how much or how little others are serving. Scripture reminds us,
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”
Serving in Christ’s Name is filled with blessing. The person who receives our service is blessed. The
person serving is blessed knowing they have made a difference in the life of another. Christ is honored and people are given a real life example of what it means to serve in Jesus’ Name.
Christ bless you richly as you serve in His Name,
Pastor Rick