Me and My Service (5 of 6) by Ken Trivette

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Me and My Service
Series: Building a Bridge to a Strong Christian Life
Ken Trivette
1 Corinthians 16:13; Matthew 20:1-16

Outline
1. THE LORD’S CALL FOR WORKERS
A) A Persistent Call
B) A Pressing Call
2. THE LORD’S COMPENSATION FOR WORKERS
A) The Rewards for Service
B) The Reason for Service
3. THE LORD’S CHOICE OF WORKERS
A) Unwanted Workers
B) Undeserving Workers

In the days when people traveled by stagecoach, much like today, you had first, second, and third class passengers. Obviously, the class you traveled involved more than your seat, seeing a stagecoach only had two seats or benches that faced each other. The difference involved what was required if the stage got in trouble. For example, if a stage got stuck in mud or came to a steep hill, first-class would stay in their seats. Second-class would get out and walk. Third-class would get out and push.

When it comes to the Church, most members are first-class members. No matter what needs to be done, their membership consists of not much more than attending the services and sitting in the pew. They never get involved. They are more spectators than participators. But then there are those whose membership includes service. They were the ones who do the pushing. They get involved and become workers in the Church. The average Church has more than its share of first-class members. What it needs are third-class members.

As we continue thinking about becoming strong Christians, I want us to think about Christian service. We are told in 1 Corinthians 16:13 to “be strong.” Much too often we see that there is a great gulf between what God wants us to be and what we really are. Thus, we are trying to build a bridge to span that gulf, and strong Christians are serving Christians.

In Matthew 20 we are given a parable that concerns workers. I want us to think about this parable and learn about Christian service. Let’s began by noticing:

1. THE LORD’S CALL FOR WORKERS

In verse 1 we find a “ ...


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