This past Sunday we had the privilege of having Chris Wienand, an apostolic father to Restored Church, preach to us from Mark 8:27-37 on sacrificial service. Chris showed us how essential it is that we first be servants to Jesus before we can possibly serve one another. It is only by seeing how Jesus has first served us through His life, death, and resurrection that we are even capable of being freed to serve Him and others. Chris then spent a large chunk of time explaining how the world is looking for a community of Christ followers who are zealous, compassionate, and loving. When they encounter this kind of community through the church, they will be experiencing the zeal, compassion, and love that Jesus has for them. As a result of them experiencing Jesus’s love through our sacrificial service, they will be able to trust in Him who alone is good and gracious.

As we go into this next season of starting a second Sunday gathering, we are asking everyone who calls Restored Church their family to serve sacrificially. As Christians, we are called not only to serve on Sundays, but lives of service to the King who served us. Serving on the hospitality team, environment team, or with our kids ministry on Sundays is merely a glimpse of what we have been saved into. As Paul says in Galatians 5:13, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” If you weren’t able to sign up for a ministry to serve in on Sunday, there will be another opportunity this Sunday during our worship gathering at 10 a.m. Hope to see you there!

If you missed the sermon, be sure to listen to it here: Sacrificial Service