Serving = Hard Work

September 4, 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 = Hard Work”.

This sermon falls on Labor Day weekend.  Over Labor Day last year in a sermon called God’s Heart for Work, we took the occasion to speak about how we can approach our work (vocations) as acts of service. This year, things get reversed as we are discussing how our service for the Kingdom turns out to actually look and feel like work–because it is work to serve!

In the Bible passage we will be exploring this week, we will see how Abraham pursued and routed a massive army that had taken his nephew Lot captive.

It must have taken a lot of courage for Abraham to chase down the captors and to attack this ruthless army.  But he was a man who went to great effort to serve his nephew by rescuing him from captivity.

This week, we will explore these 3 truths:

1) Serving is hard work because it ALWAYS puts us in square conflict with the World, the Flesh, and/or the Devil.

2) Although it is hard work, we still serve because we are compelled by love.

3) Whenever we are serving from the right place, we can expect God to provide direction and confirmation, which is quite helpful because usually service organized around the Kingdom looks nothing like the way the world would organize service.

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 = Hard Work”.

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

This painting is called The Spirit of Kansas City and was painted by Norman Rockwell in the aftermath of the flood of 1951.