Rossville Christian Church
Sunday, January 10
  • Yes I Will
  • In Christ Alone
  • Laborers are Equal

    A. Equal in Person
    1. All hired to do a work
    2. No one’s work is more or less important
    3. Work needs to be done, each to his own talent
    a. Much like the Family of God
    1 Corinthians 12:20–25 NIV
    As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
    4. So in our service, let us not worry about what work is most important
    a. Instead let us go about the work
    b. Let us do it with all we have
    c. Look for nothing in return except the Gospel
    Colossians 3:23 NIV
    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
    B. Equal in Result
    1. All looking for the same result
    a. All have equal results
    b. It is not about my gain
    c. Its about kingdom gains
    2. Our work is about loss not gain
    a. People losing their lives so they may live
    Matthew 16:25 NIV
    For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
    b. All about losing identity in self
    i. gaining for the kingdom of God
    ii. It’s not about me
    3. Genuine service never asks whats in it for me
    a. So that we may not boast
    Ephesians 2:8–9 NIV
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
    b. Not about what I can get or do
    c. Not about a pat on the back for me
    d. Its all about love
    i. All about the others
    ii. All about the lost
    iii. All about growing the saved
    4. We all get the same pay
    a. Salvation
    i. What about the crowns?
    Romans 3:23 NIV
    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    ii. Same sentence, same acquittal
    b. Get to be in perfection and glory of God
    i. Cannot ask for me
    ii. Is there more, don’t care
    c. Don’t berate those that come later
    i. Still have to serve
    ii. Still have to do my part
    Read Vs 16 - Then Jesus proves the case as he talks about what’s about to happen

    Labor Requires Sacrifice

    A. Self-Sacrifice - vs 17 - 18
    Matthew 20:17–18 NIV
    Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death
    1. What am I willing to give in service?
    2. Must know my own bounds
    a. Jesus was willing to go all the way
    John 6:38 NIV
    For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
    b. willing to give everything so we maybe saved
    c. Willing to become last so we might be first
    B. Life Sacrifice - vs 19
    Matthew 20:19 NIV
    and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”
    1. Can I give up my life
    Joining the military asked the same question
    2. That means while I am living
    a. Give up my dreams
    b. Give up the American Dream
    3. Genuine Service Requires my sacrifice
    a. Let go of myself
    i. I cannot do
    ii. I cannot be
    iii. But I want to
    b. Let God be big
    i. common theme
    ii. bigger than what I think
    Isaiah 40:28 NIV
    Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
    iii. Figure the creator know more about me than me

    Labor Is Humbling

    A. Did you count the cost
    Matthew 20:22 NIV
    “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered.
    Luke 14:28 NIV
    “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
    1. Willing to give up pride
    a. Genuine service is humble work
    b. Willing to clean the toilets?
    Cleaning toilets as a MSgt
    c. Rather clean toilets in heaven then be lost
    2. Willing to be last
    a. Serve the least of these
    Matthew 25:40 NIV
    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
    b. Willing to get dirty
    i. Walk a mile in their shoes
    ii. Understanding their position
    B. It’s not glamorous
    Matthew 20:25–26 NIV
    Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
    1. Sometimes we get an idea in our head
    a. Soothing music, floating on clouds, easy going
    b. Trouble and trials
    Romans 5:3–4 NASB95
    And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
    c. Have to serve the most ungrateful
    2. Not the life you thought
    a. The reward is different
    i. Not the kings life but the servant
    ii. Giving of all you have
    b. It isn’t about status
    i. Don’t have to be first
    ii. Realize that being the best or 1st isn’t really anything
    Plenty of miserable rich people or famous people
    c. All about Jesus
    d. not to be served but to serve
    Matthew 20:27–28 NIV
    and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
    Conclusion:
      • 1 Corinthians 12:20–25ESV

      • Matthew 20:13–17NIV2011

      • Matthew 16:25ESV

      • Ephesians 2:8–9ESV

      • Romans 3:23ESV

      • Matthew 20:17–18ESV

      • John 6:38ESV

      • Matthew 20:19ESV

      • Isaiah 40:28ESV

      • Matthew 20:22ESV

      • Luke 14:28ESV

      • Matthew 25:40ESV

      • Matthew 20:25–26ESV

      • Romans 5:3–4ESV

      • Matthew 20:27–28ESV

  • Great Are You Lord
  • Sing To The King
      • Matthew 28:19–20NLT

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