by Steve Jones

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This Year Grow Through Service (3 of 4)
Series: A New Year of Growth
Steve Jones
John 13

INTRODUCTION: Ancient Chinese Proverb say: "If you are planning for one year, grow rice. If you are planning for twenty years, grow trees. If you are planning for centuries, grow men."

We're in a sermon series entitled "A New Year of Growth" in which we are seeking to position ourselves for spiritual growth over the coming year. God make things grow.

I Corinthians 3:6 "I planted the seed; Apollos watered it, but God made it grow." God makes things grow. We're planning for centuries so we want to grow men and women. The way to grow a church is to grow the individual men and women in that church. Folks, WE have to get "bigger."

ILLUSTRATION: Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to conquer Mt. Everest. The first time he tried, he failed. The Queen of England knighted him, and at the gala occasion, on the wall behind the head table, was a huge picture of Mt. Everest. The people gave him a standing ovation for even daring to attempt the climb. When they ceased applauding, Hillary turned his back to the audience, faced the picture and said, "Mt. Everest, you have defeated me once and you might defeat me again. But I'm coming back and I'm going to win because you can't get any bigger, but I can."

WE have to get "bigger". Albert Einstein: "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

We've been talking about four actions that we can all take to position ourselves to grow over the coming year. First we said that we grow through prayer. Secondly, we grow through reading God's Word.

Today I want us to see that we grow through service. Jesus said, "The greatest among you will be your servant" (Matthew 23:11). Jesus didn't tell his disciples not to become great…He told them HOW to become great - through humble service to one another. But he didn't just TELL his dis ...

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