1) Jesus did. Our goal as Christians is to become more like Christ every day. As we study God's Word, we learn about Jesus and the way He lived. Because Jesus loved people, He served them to show them His love for them (John 13). Our goal is the same, to serve people so they would also come to know Jesus as their personal Savior.
2) The Church and its purpose are best expressed outside its walls. We can't sit inside and wait for the world to come to us. We've got to get out into our communities and show people that we care and that there is a God who wants to heal them.
3) Serving is a tangible expression of the love of God for lost humanity. Words can't always fix our pain. People may know that God loves them, but maybe they haven't ever experienced God's love for them in a practical way. We can be a testimony to others of what God can do in their life by serving them!
4) Serving makes us irresistible to the world. When people see our genuine love for others, they can't help but be drawn to it. Many times serving can be a way to start conversation with people and open a door to share God’s love.
5) A simple act of service can tear down barriers and opens hearts. A kind word goes a long way. You never know what someone may be going through. Handing someone a bottle of water or a hot meal may be just what they need for God to soften their heart and open their mind to hear about the truth.
1) We can accomplish so much more for the Kingdom when we work together! Our impact is multiplied.
2) There is value in shared ideas. In a group setting, we can draw on each other's gifts, talents and creativity to polish the original idea, making it even better and more effective in building God's Kingdom.
3) Serving creates momentum and energy to move things forward. There is a great excitement when we all work together to accomplish a common goal. God designed us to be part of the body. Serving together isthis is the body at its best- each part doing it's job and moving forward with passion!
4) Unity proves that the Gospel works. John 17:18-21 says, "Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one-as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”
5) As we work together, we are living out God's Word!