Serving God: A Plan for Success

Lesson series 1998
Tags: Ministry; Church; Christian service; Luke 10:25-37; Romans 6:17-22; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 16:1-15, 21-23; 1 Corinthians 12:4-20, 27-28; 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; Colossians 2:6-9; 2 Peter 3:18


Experience of Salvation
Surrender to God's Will
Pattern of Spiritual Growth
Commitment to Holiness
Affiliation with a Local Church
Service to Fellow Men
Attitude of Volunteerism
Understanding of Self
Sources Cited

The Old Testament establishes the fact that those who profess to believe in God should concern themselves with serving him. The New Testament clearly follows this precedent, emphasizing that it is the church body that is to be the agent and locus of spiritual service. Unfortunately, it is all too common for Christians to shirk their responsibility to the local church, absorbing its collective resources and energies without investing in its programs. This is a spiritual tragedy!

God never intended that the local church should have less than 100% of its membership involved in its ministry. An inactive membership segment is to a church much like dead weight is to a body. It contributes nothing but robs valuable nutrients. As far as the Scriptures are concerned, it is anomalous for a Christian to be perpetually inactive and uncommitted toward his/her local church.

The above notwithstanding, it is important to note that beginning to serve God is not a matter of flipping some magic switch. Just because someone may recognize his lack of involvement in Christian service does not mean that he/she will necessarily change. Much as a plant cannot grow unless its environmental conditions are suitable, certain spiritual conditions must prevail in a person’s life before he/she can serve God. It is the purpose of this lesson series to discuss eight such conditions. Lasting, fruitful Christian service can never become a reality apart from them.

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