Good morning! I’m glad to welcome you to worship today at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
One of the last acts that our Lord personified just before His final journey to the cross was that of being a servant. John 13 reveals that Jesus and the twelve disciples had gathered in the upper room for the Passover Feast, and following supper Jesus “rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself,” and with a basin of water He proceeded to wash the disciples’ feet. Jesus did this as an example for His disciples (future disciples included) of ministering to the needs of and serving others, revealing that the Son of God indeed had come as a humble servant.
Without question Christians of all generations are called and gifted to serve. Today, we pay others to do just about everything for us. We pay others to mow our lawns, clean our house, wash our car, laundry and press our clothes, cook our meals, and the list is endless. Tragically we have carried that mentality into the life of the church, and in turn we basically pay others to do what we are called and gifted to do in the body of Christ.
Even a brief study of the Scriptures will reveal that God intends for His people to be servants, just like His Son, our Savior and Lord. This morning we come to the third part of our Strategy, in pursuit of living out the Mission and Vision of Hillcrest: SERVE. We will discover in Ephesians 4:11-12 that we are all expected to serve, but we are also to be equipped for the work of ministry. It is my prayer that every believer at Hillcrest will find their PLACE of service.