The Forgiving Servant (2 of 4) by Miles McPherson
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Series: The Plan
Do you want God to use you in a supernatural way to bless someone else? If that is going to happen, you will have to allow Him to use you to bless someone who doesn't like you - or someone who has hurt you. You can't come with conditions. Pastor Miles' encouragement to us today is to allow ourselves to be used for ministry however God wants.
Do you want God to use you in a supernatural way to bless someone else?
Sometimes it is easier for us to focus our ministry efforts elsewhere, sending money or supporting people to go overseas, than it is for us to reach out right across the street. There is plenty of need right here in San Diego. Here are some of the statistics Pastor Miles shared concerning our city:
- 100,000 homeless people
- 130,000 out of work
- 15% living under the poverty line
- One of the most used ports for human trafficking
- 15,000 cases of reported domestic violence (where only about 10% are reported)
Our vision is Pervasive Hope, to bring hope everywhere, even into these dark situations. Today we have 3 campuses, 800 community groups, and 140 outreach ministries, but our vision is to have people volunteer, give, and pray until we have 10 campuses, 2400 small groups, and 500 outreach ministries by the year 2020. That's a lot of folks doing a lot of ministry, and it requires us to be humble servants.
In Jesus' culture, when someone visited someone else, s/he would bathe and then walk in sandals along a dirt road so that his/her feet were immensely dirty upon arriving. The house would provide a servant at the door with water and a towel to wash the feet of the guest. Or a rabbi might have a student (disciple) to wash his feet. But in John 13, the Rabbi Jesus washes the feet of His disciples.
So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You ...
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