Message/Teaching: Serving our Neighbors
# One way to show love is to serve others
34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Johnn 13:34–35.
# Service can be a way show love, it can also be way of obligation
# When we clean up our rooms, do our choirs, we show love... is it under obligation?
# Many of the jobs and things we can volunteer at, happen to be under obligation
# There is a reason why there is a punishment call Community Service
# Are there rules we follow in the Bible? Can anyone name a list of them?
# One way to describe that list is how we serve God and serve others
# So why do we follow them? One answer, because He said so, we treat God like our parnets telling us to do something
# Here's the thing, God doesn't need us to serve Him, God doesn't need you to make Him happy.
#God instead came down to us, served us, loved us. Each and every one of you
#Jesus, we've been talking about Him, serve us with His life, we can have a relationship with God... God came to us
#Our service to others is about sharing that Good News, sharing this relationship with God to others... thanks to Jesus
#Serving isn't earning, achieving, its repsonding to what God has done in each of our lives
# lets look at Luke 10
#A snarky teacher of the law asked Jesus, the greatest commandment, Jesus asks Him to respond
#Serving others is one of the best ways to show love God, love your neighbor, is loving God with all your heart, soul and mind.
#it's not going to church, signing hymn or even giving an offering
#it's loving your neighbor, serving your neighbor
#now that sounds great, what does that look like?
#Jesus tells a parable to help us understand,
#a man is robbed, beaten, left for dead... he needs help, needs service
#two different religious leaders, the good guys, come walking along
#they both ignore the man
#the bad guy comes, a Samaritan, helps the man
#The Samaritan serves him, bandages him, takes him to an inn
#The Samaritan pays for the expenses to help the man heal
#The man who asked the question can't even repsonded to who served his neighbor because he can't bare to say the Samaritan
#Who are we in this parable? We are not the Good Samaritan. We are the man beaten on the side of the road. Dealing with all the hurts of the world.
#if you disagree with that, you have to be careful not to be one of the religious leaders
#God serves us all, no matter the background or history because that is the God we have
#That is Good News
#As we serve, we get to share that Good News we people in our lives
#We have an opportunity to serve people
#We can do this with our families, with friends, with people we come across in our lives
#Serving does not have to mean joining the Peace Core or some huge volunteer program, it means serving the people in our life
#Join us next Sunday to serve our community. Here at Hometown Heroes for Pet's Alive. More info about times will be emailed out, as we have an opportunity to serve people, and even the animals in our community.