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Use It or Lose It
October 22 & 23, 2011
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ...1 PETER 4:10-11 (NLT)
U________________________ it or lose it!
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away…MATTHEW 25:29
E________________________ can serve!
Check off which one seems to fit you best:
___ Administration ___Teaching
___Hospitality ___ Mercy
Your G________________________ might seem insignificant to you. But not to others!
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other…ROMANS 12:4-5
When we focus on serving P________________________ , we will get frustrated and cranky.
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her”…LUKE 10:41
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing”…JOHN 15:5
When we focus on God, He S________________________ us as we serve others.
Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring…your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever- flowing spring…ISAIAH 58:10-11
1.The point of this weekend’s message is for each of us to realize that not only does God command us to serve others, but to realize that how we serve is also important! How has your attitude been toward serving lately? What would CedarCreek be like if everyone’s attitude was similar to yours?
2. When you come to CedarCreek Church each weekend, which part of the weekend experience has the most impact on you? List as many different volunteer roles that contribute to your experience.
3. There are around 2,000+ volunteers at CedarCreek Church that serve weekly. Are there any volunteers (non-staff) you see around CedarCreek that inspire you? What do they do and how do they inspire you?
4 .What would you say to someone who doesn’t think he or she could possibly have a significant impact on what happens here at CedarCreek Church?
5. Are you a volunteer? How has your life been blessed by serving others at CedarCreek Church? What do we lose out on when we opt out of significantly serving God in the local church?
6. Read Luke 10:41-42. Whenever we focus on just serving people, we can get frustrated and tired. So, how do we focus our efforts on serving God rather than just focusing on serving people?
7.How is it that God serves us as we serve others?