Pastor Shane Ham : Changed into Free-Servants

The Real Deal · 51:19 · Recorded January 31, 2021

Changed Into “Free-Servants”

Titus 2:11-14 (Phillips NT) For the grace of God, which can save every man, has now become known, and it teaches us to have no more to do with godlessness or the desires of this world but to live, here and now, responsible, honourable and God-fearing lives. And while we live this life we hope and wait for the glorious denouement of the Great God and of Jesus Christ our saviour. For he gave himself for us all, that he might rescue us from all our evil ways and make for himself a people of his own, clean and pure, with our hearts set upon living a life that is good.

1 Peter 2:9-25 (NIV) 9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 13Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 18Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. 20But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Characteristics of a servant:

1. A servant is affirming.

Matthew 5:13 (Phillips NT) “You are the earth’s salt. But if the salt should become tasteless, what can make it salt again? It is completely useless and can only be thrown out of doors and stamped under foot.”

2. A servant covers for people.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (TLB) Love is very patient …. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.

Matthew 5:14-15 (NRSV) “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

Matthew 7:3-5 (NCV) “Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? How can you say to your friend, ‘Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend’s eye.”

Proverbs 27:17 (MSG) You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.

3. A servant is not a martyr.

4. A servant doesn’t seek position.

Mark 10:37-38, 42-45 (NRSV) 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But Jesus said to them… 42“You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Matthew 5:39-42 (NRSV) But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

Action steps for 2021:

Keep fresh in your heart what Jesus has done for you!

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Talk It Over
  • At the beginning of his message, Shane talked about several key words: denouement, ransom, substitute, and bondage. In your small group, talk about each of these and define them using real life examples of how they have played out in your life.

  • Of the four characteristics of a servant listed in your notes, which is one you’d like to put some focus on in 2021? How will you do that? What action steps will you take? What language will you change? What thoughts will you take captive and make obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)?

  • Read Matthew 5:39-42 and 1 Peter 2:13, 15, 19. Do you find it difficult to do what Jesus says in Matthew? Does it help you to balance that with the verses from 1 Peter? How do you embrace “for it is God’s will” in 1 Peter so that you can serve with joy in all circumstances?

  • As we end The Real Deal message series, look back over all that God has done in 2020, and remember the sacrifice our Lord made for us by taking Communion together, it’s time to decide how to move forward. What commitments are you making to Jesus?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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