This weekend at Eastbrook Church, we continued looking at the theme of finding our place within the church. Last weekend I talked about how Jesus sets the tone for our service, but this week I focused on the question, “what if someone does not step forward to serve in response to God’s invitation?” I looked at six aspects of humble service from the lives of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Ananias, a disciple from Damascus.
The outline for the message is included below:
“I am the Lord’s servant” Mary answered. “May Your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38)
“The Lord called to him in a vision, ‘Ananias!’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he answered.” (Acts 9:10)
Two Towering Figures of the New Testament: Jesus and Paul
- Their life, mission, and legacy
Two Servants of God: Mary and Ananias
- Hearing God’s invitation (Luke 1:28; Acts 9:10)
- Seeing God’s purposes for us…and others (Luke 1:29-33; Acts 9:11-12, 15-16)
- Asking our questions about God’s call (Luke 1:34)
- Facing our fears about God’s call (Acts 9:13-14)
- Submitting as servants of God (Luke 1:38)
- Moving forward in response to God’s call (Acts 9:17-18)
- What if Mary didn’t respond with humble submission to God because of her questions?
- What if Ananias didn’t respond with active obedience to God because of his fears?