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Run the Race Message Introduction

Today, we’re continuing our message series called “Bondservant.” Every believer is a bondservant of Jesus Christ, that’s what it means to call Jesus your Lord or master. A bondservant serves their master for life and a bondservant believes in their master for life. In other words a bondservant of Jesus perseveres once they’ve committed their lives to Him.

Romans 10:9 (NIV)  That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Lord in the Greek is kurios, which means the master of a slave. To be saved, you must confess that Jesus is your master. Secondly, you must believe in your heart the miracle of the resurrection. For if Jesus was not raised from the dead, then He’s still dead and unable to save anyone. But if you confess Jesus as the living Lord, raised from the dead, you will be saved.

Today, we’re going to look at another metaphor for how a bondservant of Jesus lives. My message today is called “Run the Race.” This metaphor is used repeatedly throughout Scripture, both Old and New Testaments. The life of a believer is like running in a race. It’s something that just about everyone can relate to. You’ve either run in some races yourself at some point in your life or you’ve watched others run races.

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Walk with the Spirit Message Introduction

Today, we’re continuing our message series called “Bondservant.” Our slide shows a chain representing that everyone is a slave or bondservant, serving a master. The question is who is your master, who are you a slave to?

Bob Dylan wrote a song called “Gotta Serve Somebody” and I’d like us to listen to the first part of the song. “Gonna have to serve somebody, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” Everyone serves somebody and there are only two choices, the devil or the Lord.

If you’re serving the Lord, you know it. But most of the people who aren’t serving the Lord don’t know that they are serving the devil. The devil hides himself and is the ultimate puppet master. People worship and serve idols, things like money, pleasure, drugs, prestige, themselves. But behind all of them is the devil, who they are really serving.

The tag line in our slide is “free to be a slave.” Jesus came to set people free from serving the devil, free to choose Jesus as your master, free to be Jesus’ slave or bondservant.

Today, my message is entitled “Walk with the Spirit.” We’re going to be talking about the contrast between a person serving the devil and a person serving the Lord.

Romans 8:8-9 (NIV)  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

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Grow to Spiritual Maturity Message Introduction

Today, we’re continuing our message series called “Bondservant.” Every believer or disciple of Jesus Christ, is His bondservant. He is the master, we are His slaves, according to the Bible. As master, Jesus is not a cruel tyrant, but a loving master.

In this series, we are going to discover how we can grow as disciples or bondservants of Jesus. We want to learn how to more useful to the master. God created you for a purpose. When you believe in Jesus and are saved, you begin a journey to fulfill that plan and purpose.

Today, our message is entitled “Grow to Spiritual Maturity.” Let’s think about physical growth for a minute. Physical life begins at conception. That tiny baby grows in its mother’s womb for 9 months and then is born into the world. That baby then grows, learns to walk, talk and do many other things. The baby becomes a child and begins its education, as it continues to learn and grow. Ultimately, the child becomes a mature adult, becoming a productive part of society.

In the same way, when a person becomes a believer in Jesus, the Bible tells us that they are born again and saved. That new believer, whether they are 8 years old or eighty begins their spiritual life as a spiritual infant. The new believer must than experience spiritual growth until they become a mature, spiritually productive disciple of Jesus. 

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Take Up Your Cross Message Introduction

Today, we’re beginning a new message series called “Bondservant.” We’re going to be talking about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and to follow Him. Jesus said in …

Matthew 10:25a (NASB)  It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master.

Jesus is the teacher and those who follow Him are disciples. What does it mean to be a disciple? A disciple is someone who learns from or is a student or apprentice of the teacher. The goal of a disciple is to become like his teacher. Not only is Jesus the teacher, but Jesus is also the master or Lord (kurios). A master has slaves, those who are owned by and serve their master. Those who are believers in Jesus are both His disciples and His slaves. Jesus said in …

Luke 17:10 (NASB)  “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'”

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Heavenly Investments Message Introduction

We’re nearing the end of our message series “Living in Light of the End.” Last week we talked about how to use worldly wealth to make forever friends. To use the resources that God has entrusted to us to help lead people to Jesus. Making forever friends is not just the task of pastors or churches per say, but of every follower of Jesus Christ.

Today my message is entitled “Heavenly Investments.” But it’s not about money at all. Although Jesus talked a lot about using the money that God has given us for the kingdom of God, today, we’re going to talk about how to invest the totality of our lives for God.

Your life is a gift from God. In fact, the life of every human being on this planet is a gift from God. Life is a gift from God whether it’s a baby in its mother’s womb or an elderly person approaching the end of life. God is the one who gives life and God is the only one who should determine when life ends. So, these lives that God has given us are His gift to us. Life is a beautiful thing, when it’s lived hand in hand with your creator. When you invest your life in serving God, nothing you do is wasted. A life invested in living for God is a life that has made an investment in eternity that will last forever.

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