by Steve Jones

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Serve Others (4 of 4)
Series: Simple Church
Steve Jones
John 13

INTRODUCTION: There is a charming anecdote that roams from e-mail box to e-mail box around the world about how, at the height of the space race, the Americans and Soviets approached the same problem: how an astronaut (or cosmonaut) could use a pen to write in zero gravity. As the story goes, the Americans spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on an ambitious, gravity-immune ballpoint pen; they successfully developed such a pen; and this pen went on to become a massive commercial success in the private sector. The Soviets opted instead to use a pencil. That's not a true story it's a joke but it illustrates a pretty good lesson - oftentimes simple is better.

Likewise simple is better when it comes to making disciples. It's not rocket science and it doesn't have to cost a million dollars.

We're in a sermon series entitled ''Simple Church.'' A ''Simple Church'' is a church designed around a simple strategic process for making disciples. Our process is to love God, love people and serve others. We grow in our love for God in our Sunday worship. We grow in our love for people in our small groups. We grow in our service to others through our ministry teams.

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 disciples, he showed his disciples how it's done on the occasion when he washed their feet. This morning I want us to see four ways in which we'll grow spiritually through serving.


John 13:1 ''Having loved his own, who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of His love.''

Jesus' service to the disciples, His washing of their feet, was an expression of love. It wasn't easy because they did not particularly deserve love. Someone has said that the people ...

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