Down To Earth:  A Sacrificial Servant

Down To Earth

December 13, 2015

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When the God of the universe comes down as a baby, GREATNESS gets redefined. Success now serves, favored sons wash feet, lives are laid down. It's the Christmas you may not have heard about - so join us this weekend as Pastor Mike delves further into Philippians 2, discovering what happens when Heaven comes...
DOWN TO EARTH: A Sacrificial Servant

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Today's Focus

“A Sacrificial Servant”

“doulas” = slave (vs. 7) - lowest position
An upside-down perspective...
1.    The God of the Towel
     · John 13:12-17
2.     Defining Greatness
     · Mark 10:35-45
     · Isaiah 9
     · Matthew 25:40
     · Isaiah 42:1-3
3.     Jesus Is Lord
     · Luke 1:38
     · Ephesians 4:12
Bringing someone to Jesus is the greatest act of service -
...invites to Christmas Eve Candlelight Celebrations
are at worship exits today - take as many as you can use.
            See this week’s REFOCUS questions for deeper reflection.

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Questions to go Deeper


When the God of the universe comes down as a baby, GREATNESS gets redefined. Success now serves, favored sons wash feet and lives are laid down. This week let’s allow God’s definition of GREATNESS shape our lives. Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
MONDAY: Read Philippians 2:5-8
What does greatness look like to you? How does Paul describe Jesus’
greatness? Does that challenge your definition of greatness?  
TUESDAY: Read John 13:1-17 
When eating dinner at his last meal, Jesus decided to wash his disciples’ feet.
Why did Jesus wash his disciples’ feet? What example is Jesus asking us to follow?
Give some examples of modern day foot washing.
WEDNESDAY: Read Mark 10:35-45 
Two of Jesus’ disciples want rewarded for their efforts with honor. 
What is Jesus’ reply? Why this response? Do you struggle with a need
for honor and/or recognition? If so how has it affected your life? 
THURSDAY: Read Matthew 25:31-46 
Our God is a God who fights for the underdog. Who is served in God’s
Kingdom? Who is doing the serving? How are you serving the underdogs that
Jesus talked about in this story? 
FRIDAY: Read Luke 2:8-15
God makes the best birth announcement to a group of men working the night
shift—who were these men? What were they doing? What is their response?
What does this say about God? What about us? What are we to do with the
announcement of Jesus’ birth? 
SATURDAY: Read Ephesians 4:1-13 
What are the gifts that Jesus gives to people? Why does Jesus give these gifts  
(vs. 12)? How are you serving people in your family? In the church? In the
SUNDAY: Read Philippians 2:9-11
If everyone someday will declare, “Jesus is Lord,” why not start right now?
What person in your life needs to hear the good news that Jesus is Lord? 
Have you ever shared the story of Jesus with this person? Commit this week to
pray for and invite this person to a Christmas Eve celebration.

Sermon Transcript

John 13:12-17

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