Serving = Giving Up Rights

August 25, 2010


On Sunday evening, we will be continuing our series called Lessons in Service from the Life of Abraham. This week, our sermon title is “Serving = Giving Up Rights”.

Last week, we discussed God’s promise to Abraham that all the land of Israel would be given to his descendents.  In an incredible account from Genesis 13, Abraham gave his nephew Lot the opportunity to inhabit the choice ground, even though Abraham had every right to pick the best living situation for himself.

Rather than losing out on God’s best, Abraham’s consequence for yielding to his nephew’s preference is immediate confirmation that God would still be giving him the entire land.

This week, as we turn our attention to the Bible, we will explore these 3 truths:

1)  God has given us incredible blessings, and they often come with responsibilities and rights.

2)  God often invites us to voluntarily yield our rights to position and status to take a more loving posture.  This response has been modelled by Jesus’ example.

3)  When we focus on love and leave the fulfilment of God’s promises in His hands, we don’t weaken our chances to fulfill God’s call on our lives, we actually put ourselves in a better position for God to clarify his plan for us.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message called “Serving = Giving Up Rights”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peek” at the Scripture passage for the week.