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We have the opprotunity within Community to love another, by being hospitable to one another so that we can use our spiritual gifts to glorify God.

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Sermon Title: Service

Sermon Title: Service
Sermon Title: Service

1. What is the text idea: (what is this text talking about, and what is it saying about what it is talking about?)

B. Main text:

A. The text seems to be talking about how ever you find yourself serving. Serve one another by God’s strength. So that God may be glorified.

B. Main text:

2. Sermon structure

A. Introduction and Setting:

So far in our sermon series in “What is Community For?”, we have looked at how we have accepted Christ, and that Christ has accepted us, and how that allows us to be secure in Christ, which then allows us to find significance in Christ. This week, we are going to be looking at how we have the joy of serving others in Christ’s name for His glory.

B. Our passage of scripture that we will be focusing our time around this morning comes from . So, if you have your Bible or tablet please turn with me there. (Pause)

C. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. [1]

D. So, what do we notice from this passage of scripture?

i. First, Peter is calling us to love one another. The first aspect of serving one another within the community with Joy is by doing it with the help of God’s strength, by loving one another that God has supplied too you, so that God would be glorified.

1. In light of the recent passing of Billy Graham I wanted to share a quote from the late Dr. Graham that I believe is appropriate here. Billy Graham once said “It is the Holy Spirit’s Job to convict, GOD’S job to judge and my job to love.” Friends we have been called to love one another. But this love you or I cannot do on our own. We have to have the help of God to love one another.

2. The Greek word that Peter uses here for love is agape which has the meaning of:

“a strong, non-sexual affection and regard for a person and their good as understood by God’s moral character; especially characterized by a willing forfeiture of rights or privileges in another person’s behalf.”

3. This type of love considers others and thinks about their good in light of God’s overall moral character. Which Jesus was the greatest example of this right? When He chose to forfeit His own life, so that we could live with Him for all eternity. As explains “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [2]

4. Because Jesus loved you and I so much to endure the cross He had joy for what His sacrifice would bring about for you and me. That we would be brought into the greatest community of all time. The community with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And if you are a believer today then you are a part of that community.

5. And you can now walk in this agape love with the help of God.

6. We also find from this passage that love covers a multitude of sins. Now what does this mean? Right? It seem Peter is saying; because we love others it will atone for a multitude of our sins? No, he is not actually saying that, but I could see how that could be interpreted that way. Actually, Peter seems to be getting at here when people sin against us within the community if we are full of love we can forgive their wrongs and offenses toward us. But if we didn’t have this type of love we would be full of hatred and bitterness and would want to find some way to get back at them.

7. So, what about you today? Are you walking in this type of Agape love? Are there old wounds and hurts that you haven’t been able to let go of just yet? See this will affect how you function within the community. It seems that is what Peter is trying to get at as well. So, your ability to experience and know the love of God will affect how interact within the community.

ii. The Second aspect of serving one another with joy within the community is by doing this with the help of God’s strength by showing hospitality to one another without grumbling, so that God would be glorified.

1. So how many of you would say that you are naturally hospitable? Ok, so, some of you are. That is good. Well Peter seems to not be letting anyone off the hook here. What do we notice in verse 9? “9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” Peter seems to be talking to everyone doesn’t he? It seems that Hospitality was one of the marks of the Christian community within the early Church, and I would even venture to say throughout Church History. Paul tells the Church at Rome “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” [3]

2. Hospitality has this sense of disposed to treat guest and strangers with cordiality and generosity.

3. Hospitality was a big deal for the life of the early Church. As the Theologian Thomas R. Schreiner suggest:

a. Hospitality was particularly crucial for the Christian mission in a day when lodging could not be afforded, and hence the advance of the mission depended on the willingness of believers to provide bed and board for those visiting (, ; ; ). The early church was aware that such hospitality could be abused (cf. Did. 11:3–6).[4] Furthermore, hospitality was necessary in order for the church to meet in various homes (cf. , ; ; ; )[5]

4. So, clearly hospitality was crucial for the early Church, but I want to say it is crucial for us today as well. With people really desiring to have authentic community that means more than just a church service. It means we have to rethink how we do church so to speak. Hospitality is going to have to go further than just being friendly on Sunday morning. Hospitality is going to mean opening up our homes, and more pointedly our lives. But the great thing is that you don’t have to do this in and through your own strength, but through the help of the Lord, and His strength.

5. Hospitality and community go hand in hand, really you cannot have one without the other. But you might say Cody I don’t have the gift of hospitality. Well let’s go back to the definition here: Can you be cordial? can you be generous? Then you can be hospitable. But speaking of gifts that leads me to my final point today.

iii. The Third, aspect of serving one another with joy within the community is by doing it through the help of God’s strength by recognizing that God has supplied you with a spiritual gift to use for His glory.

1. Peter seems to be dividing gifts really into two categories speaking gifts and serving gifts. I also must mention that from verse 10 till the end of the chapter that gifts involve both serving and edifying one another. And it seems that is how Peter breaks down spiritual gifts. Now we know there are a lot of other spiritual gifts. Thomas Schreiner again might be able to help us out here. He explains:

i. In placing the gifts into the two categories of speaking and serving, all the spiritual gifts are included under these two classes. In his listing of the gifts Paul provided more detail, so that we have some idea which gifts would fall under speaking and which would fall under serving. The gifts of apostleship, prophecy, teaching, tongues, and exhortation are comprehended under speaking (; , ; ), whereas gifts like giving, leading, mercy, helps, healing, and miracles (; , ) fall under serving. It is not as if Peter did not know about the particular gifts. His purpose was to speak of them generally instead of discussing the gifts in particular.[6]
b. Now the word “Gift” comes from the Greek word (Charisma) which implies that the gift or talent or ability that believers have are a gift of the Holy Spirit, and are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be used to minister to the Church. That means that as believers you and I cannot boast about the gift, or gifts that God has given us. For freely He has bestowed those gifts to us, so we cannot on our own merit its bestowal. Really these gifts are manifestations of God’s grace to us.
That means that as believers you and I cannot boast about the gift, or gifts that God has given us. For freely He has bestowed those gifts to us, so we cannot on our own merit its bestowal. Really these gifts are manifestations of God’s grace to us.
c. Once again Thomas Schreiner suggests: “Gifts are not given so that believers can congratulate themselves on their abilities. They are bestowed “to serve others.” [7] You and I have been given gifts so that we can serve the body and serve the body with Joy through the help of God’s strength and for His glory.
d. If you do not know your spiritual gift we would love to help you discover your spiritual gift. I want to provide you this morning with a link to a spiritual gifts assessment tool that can help you think through what is your spiritual gift or gifts?
e. https://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_PDF_Discover_Your_Spiritual_Gifts.pdf
f. This tool can get you started in the right direction, which would allow you to recognize where your gifts best serves God, and the body here at BVCC.
g. Remember our mission statement here at BVCC is investing in people so they may come to know God and experience His saving Grace in Bella Vista and Beyond.”
h. We want to invest in you, which means we want to see you grow, and one way that you grow is discovering how God has uniquely gifted you to help serve His body. And I believe once you discover your gift or gifts that God has entrusted to you. You will have joy to serve the community, because you will have discovered that it is God’s strength that HE has supplied to you. So, all the glory goes to God. Amen.
2. But you or me cannot do this in our own strength we must recognize that it’s God strength that is supplied to us, so that God would be glorified through Jesus Christ. (Main Point).Which then gives us the gift of joy to serve others in Christ’s name and for His glory.
3. Amen.
4. Let me pray

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[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), .
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), .
[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), .
[4] Thomas R. Schreiner, 1, 2 Peter, Jude, vol. 37, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003), 213.
[5] Thomas R. Schreiner, 1, 2 Peter, Jude, vol. 37, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003), 213.
[6] Thomas R. Schreiner, 1, 2 Peter, Jude, vol. 37, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003), 214–215.
[7] Thomas R. Schreiner, 1, 2 Peter, Jude, vol. 37, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2003), 214.
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