Monday 30 August 2010

Servant Sons

Glory to God!

On Saturday we teamed up with a group from Treffpunkt Leben with the purpose of going out onto the streets of Frankfurt-Bockenheim to speak to people about Jesus. Over 20 of us went in pairs for an hour and a half and then returned to share what God was doing. The testimonies were very encouraging as people reported that the majority of people they spoke to were open and many had opportunities to have significant conversations with hurting and lost people. God is preparing our city for an awakening and it's as the Church is revived that we are going to see the Light moving into the darkness to reveal the glory of God in the hearts of the lost. Hallelujah!

Yesterday the Lord spoke to us about being Servant-Sons and this is what He showed us:
  1. Jesus, the Son of God, was with the Father from the beginning. John 1:1,2; Col. 1:15-20; Heb. 1:3
  2. Jesus did not hold on to His privileges and rights as a son but made Himself nothing by taking on the form of man and becoming completely dependent on the Father. Phil. 2:5-11
  3. Jesus humbled Himself and became a servant who lived in complete obedience to His Father. John 12:49,50; 14:31; Heb. 5:8,9; Phil. 2:8
  4. Jesus left us an example that we are to follow. John 13:15
  5. Just as Jesus did not hold on to the privileges and rights of sonship and made Himself a servant, so the believer is not to simply live as a son of God but is called to become a servant. John 13:12-17
  6. Even though the believer is seated with Christ in the heavenly realm as a son of God in Christ, s/he is called to humble him/herself and become a servant, living in complete obedience to God. Eph. 2:6; John 14:15
  7. God chose us to be sons - we must choose to become servants!
  8. Sonship without servanthood is selfishness.
  9. Servanthood without sonship is legalism.
  10. Jesus knew His identity and He knew where He came from and where He was going. Only when the believer truly has revelation of his/her identity in Christ will s/he be able to "strip himself" to serve. John 13:3,4

Sonship without servanthood is selfishness
Servanthood without sonship is legalism

Quote of the week:

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himslef and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!" Phil. 2:6-8


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