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In The Name of The Son

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Greeting

Good Morning Family
If you’re new with us, we want to WELCOME you.
My name is Rob. I’m an elder and a pastor here and a fellow servant alongside you.

Introduction

Today we’re continuing through the three week series that we began last week about our identity both individually and as a body.
We’re working through our Baptismal Identity (which you saw in the video) and how believing in it affects and even determines what we do.
Baptized into the NAME OF THE...
Father Last Week
We’re children of God who love one another like family.

We saw that when we are in awe of the greatness of the love of God...

The only natural outcome is that we love one another as we’ve been loved.

Son This Week
We’re servants of King Jesus who serve him by serving others.
Spirit Next Week
Today as we look into the word to discover what it means and what it looks like to be baptized into the name of the Son, we’ll be in a few different spots in scripture. We’ll begin in Matthew 25 then later we’ll spend a few minutes in both Philippians 2, and John 13.

Today’s Takeaway:

We are servants of King Jesus who serve him by serving others.

Let’s stand and read together...
If you don’t have a Bible with you or on your phone the words will be up on the screen for you.
Matthew 25:31–46 NASB95
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. ‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? ‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? ‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Let’s Pray

You may be seated.

We’re servants of King Jesus who serve him by serving others.

First we have to understand and believe is that Jesus is KING.
This passage does that for us clearly.
Matthew 25:31 NASB95
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
This is Jesus speaking...
Claiming he will come in glory
Claiming he will bring ALL the angels with him
2 Kings chapter 6 - Angels
King of Aram at war with Israel
Made some certain plans
Elisha told the king of Israel about those plans and they were ready and were able to defend themselves.
The king of Aram was mad at Elisha
Figured he’d go down to Dothan (where Elisha was) and he would capture him - show him who’s boss.
Sent a great army there over night and surrounded the whole city.
Elisha’s servant was scared but Elisha said to him don’t worry about it we have a bigger army.
There were only two of them?!
Eli prayed the servants eyes would be opened and they were and he saw an army of angels that covered the hill with horses and chariots of fire.
This is likely only part of the army that will show up with Jesus in his Glory.
Many times throughout the bible when someone even sees one or two angels what happens?
They are scared to death - fall on their faces
Jesus says here that when he comes in Glory ALL the angels will come with him.
Matthew 25:40 NASB95
“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
If you look down in verse 34 & 40 Jesus point blank calls himself King. We have to know and understand and believe that this is not only the suffering servant but the KING OF ALL KINGS and LORD OF ALL LORDS.

As King Jesus has authority over ALL people and over ALL creation.

Matthew 25:32–33 NASB95
“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.
Verse 32 - Everyone will be gathered before him.
This is believers and unbelievers alike.
The whole of mankind answers to the King.
Everyone is accountable to Jesus as King.
“and he will separate them from one another”
And he has complete knowledge to know those who believe and those who do not.
Nothing gets by him.
Nothing gets past him.
And he has complete authority to separate the two and do as he wishes.
Matthew 28:18 NASB95
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Complete authority!

He does so and remains completely good and completely righteous.

Jesus is King.

The rest of this section of scripture deal with a specific difference between these two groups of people.
The sheep and the goats.
The believers and unbelievers.
This isn’t a complete description but Jesus gives us a telling characteristic of the two. An important difference.

Jesus says...

Matthew 25:35–36 NASB95
‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’
about the believers. And that the complete opposite is true about the unbeliever.
The believer here was inclined
to serve others.
to put themselves second.
to humble themselves and think of the needs of others and then to go and meet those needs.
While the unbeliever
served themselves.
looked out for ole’ #1
What set the believer apart? What caused them to serve?
One of the greatest tools you will ever learn as a disciple of Jesus is the
Who is God?
What has he done?
Who am I?
What do I do?
bible study method.
The church doesn’t always do a good job of equipping people with the real “why” behind what we’re all asked to do.
We’re good at reading the Bible and walking away with “What do I do?”
Without understanding, believing, and fueling that with
This is who God is.
This is what he’s done.
This is who that’s made you.
And That’s why you do what you do
So, let’s look at the motivation behind these believers being selfless servants of one another.
Philippians 2:5–11 NASB95
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
John 13:5–20 NASB95
Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” Peter said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.” Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you. For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.” So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. “Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. “I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’ “From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
“One of the principal rules of religion is, to lose no occasion of serving God. And, since he is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve him in our neighbor; which he receives as if done to himself in person, standing visibly before us.”
-John Wesley

We’re servants of King Jesus who serve him by serving others.

We Are Servants

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