Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 9th August 2015
Quarter Theme: A Revived Church: Lessons from the Acts of the Apostles
Topic: Called to Service
Texts: Acts 6:1-7, 2 Tim. 2: 14-21
Memory Verse: 2 Tim. 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth”
A revived Church believes that the essence of being saved, is to serve. Every believer called to Christ is called to service, not as a one-off, but as a way of life. As with any calling, it is important to keep in mind that it is the Lord’s work; He assigns the tasks and uniquely gifts us to work together to fulfil His plan, for His glory. The place to serve God is wherever He has placed you, doing whatever He has given you to do.
The indwelling Holy Spirit, produces the enablement to serve. The Holy Spirit is the Author and the Accomplisher of all true service for God, and every truly born again person IS ALREADY a servant of God. Servanthood is an outward evidence of a shift in focus away from self as seen in Matthew 22:37-40 to God and others. The early church was faced with a challenge to resolve issues around discrimination, where the widows of Greek-speaking Jews were considered outsiders by native-born Jews and so were not getting their share of the food distribution. The criteria for selecting those chosen to serve in this ministry are those filled with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ disciples were having an argument about who was the greatest among them. When Jesus heard what they were arguing about he told them that whoever wants to be first, must be a servant. And with that statement, he pulled a child to himself, and said: “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Who is the greatest – it is the one who serves the child. Now, this statement would have made little sense to Jesus’ disciples. While our culture places a lot of value on children, they didn’t. Children were at the bottom of society – at least until they became productive. Children, back then, were among the “least of these.” (Mark 9:33-37).
A Christian is often addressed as a worker in the scriptures. 2 Timothy 2:15, Timothy was admonished to do all he can to present himself to God as one approved, a WORKER who does not need to be ashamed…. A worker is one in service to achieve a particular thing or activity. In this case we are called to promote the kingdom of God. Every Christian has been given ability to work in the kingdom. Not one person is without an ability.
We are to use our ABILITIES to serve and deliberately seek out OPPORTUNITIES to serve Christ and others. In understanding your abilities, you need to ask what ways we have been especially blessed by God, what do I possess that might be used in the Lord’s work, what do I derive fulfilment from doing and what might I learn to do? In understanding our opportunities, we need also to ask what needs to be done for the Lord, What is now been done inadequately, what are others doing that I need to help do? Ponder over the questions and share your thoughts.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- John 21: 15-19 explains Peter’s call to Service, a reminder of what he should be doing. What moments in your life have you experienced a sense of “calling to serve?” How did you respond?
- Service involved serving God and others. Discuss practical ways you can serve in VFC and at Home
- A lot of brethren often say they don’t know the area they are called to serve. How would you respond if you are asked this?
- What areas from the discussion and sermon stand out to you, move you, or challenge you? Discuss