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I Truth #4 - IService

  1. 1. Truth #4 I Peter 4:7-11
  2. 2. Living a holy life! Truth #1: God is the source of all Truth! Truth #2: Love God & Love others! Truth #3: Tell the world about Christ’s love. Truth #4: Love others through service.
  3. 3. I Peter Christian Responsibilities I Peter 4:7-11 Preceding verses: judgement Vs. 7: “clear minded & self-controlled” - Galatians 5222,23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and se| f—control. Against such things, there IS no aw. ” — why? “So that we can pray. ” — Why is self control a prerequisite to prayer? What are some areas that Christians should practice self-control that the world does not?
  4. 4. Vs. 8-9 Vs. 8: “Above all: love each other deeply” Why? “b/ c love covers a multitude of sins Vs. 9 begins 4 ways we are supposed to love one another. - Offer hospitality — Use your gifts — Speaking — Service Hospitality: friendly reception and treatment of others.
  5. 5. 4 ways to love * Spiritual Gifts - “to serve others” — 2 main reasons we have gifts ° To serve others. ° To bring glory to God. — “ aithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” - Speak as one speaking the words of God — How does God speak? ° Love, edificiation, compliments, truth — Col 318,9 (how he doesn't speak)
  6. 6. 4 Ways to Love * Service — Mt 20:25-28 — Our role is to serve, just as Jesus’ role was to serve. - Gal. 5213,14 “You my brothers were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in one command, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. "’ * Serve with God’s strength — Why? So that God will be praised (not us) - Service of this nature is humility in action.
  7. 7. Summary * We proclaim to love God and we can proclaim to love people, but if it’s true, our actions will show it. We should show our love to others by: — Hospitality — Gifts — Our words — Service
  8. 8. Discussion How has someone else’s service helped bring you closer to Christ? Which of these 4 areas of life do you do the best at bringing God glory and which you do you struggle with the most? — Hospitality, Using your gifts, Speech, Service Do you have any unsaved neighbors or co- workers you can better serve? Small group prayer: remember to pray for opportunities and strength to serve others

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