by Steve Jones

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Church Membership 101 - Service (5 of 5)
Series: Church Membership 101
Steve Jones
Ephesians 4:16

Introduction: John is out with his friends and stops by his grandmother's house for a visit. There's a bowl of peanuts on the coffee table, and John and his friends start snacking on them. When they're ready to leave, his friends say, "Nice to meet you, ma'am, and thank you for the peanuts." Grandma says, "You're welcome. Ever since I lost my dentures, all I can do is suck the chocolate off of them."

Sometimes what you don't know CAN hurt you - or at least gross you out. It's the same with assumptions.

So I'm taking a chance with my message today because I'm going to assume that there are certain things about SERVING in the church that we already know.

If you're new to us today then you should know that we're in a sermon series entitled: Church Membership 101. We've had a lot of new people come into the church over the last few months and I thought it would be good to look at what GOD expects of church members. This is not what STEVE expects of church members but what GOD expects of church members as specified in his word. What are our obligations and responsibilities?

We started out by emphasizing the importance of the church as the "called out" and as the "Kingdom of God." Therefore, everything we do in and for the church is important.

The first responsibility we looked at was church attendance. The second responsibility was giving. The third was leadership - either to BE one or to submit to and follow leadership.

Today I want to talk about service.
There are certain aspects of church service that I'm NOT going to talk about today because I want to have a very narrow focus and application for this sermon. I'm not going to talk about the fact that, in the Bible, the word "ministry" is synonymous with the word "service." To be "in the ministry" is to be "in the service." To be a "minister" simply means to be a "servant."
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