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Set Apart to Serve, Part 3

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June 13, 2024 10:00 am

Set Apart to Serve, Part 3

Delight in Grace / Grace Bible Church / Rich Powell

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June 13, 2024 10:00 am

We share a common brokenness with our fellow man. And also a common Redeemer. If we Understand that the darkness and hardness of heart is natural to me as much as to another and know the life-giving, freeing work of the Savior on our behalf. How then can we not be FOR one another? Jen Hatmaker writes What if we were intentionally sent to this world – not to stand in judgment of it, not to remain separate in our safe Christian confines – but to be for it; to be representative of Jesus, to bear the good news everywhere we go? Let’s listen as Pastor Rich shares this message titled Set Apart to Serve.

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Welcome to Delight in Grace, the teaching ministry of Rich Powell, pastor of Grace Bible Church in Winston-Salem. We share a common brokenness with our fellow man and also a common Redeemer. If I understand that the darkness and hardness of heart is natural to me as much as to another, and know the life-giving, freeing work of the Savior on my behalf, how can I not be FOR my fellow man? Jen Hatmaker writes, What if we were intentionally sent to this world, not to stand in judgment of it, not to remain separate in our safe Christian confines, but to be FOR it, to be representative of Jesus, to bear the good news everywhere we go? Let's listen as Pastor Rich shares this message titled, Set Apart to Serve. This is the third part of a study on 2 Corinthians 6, 4-10. It was originally preached on May 4, 2014.

To hear the entire message or other messages in this series, you can visit www.delightingrace.com. An apple tree is an apple tree because the apples grow out of the tree. No one goes up to a tree and pins apples on it and calls it an apple tree. And so it is with the walk of faith. The good works that we do are an outflow of our vital connection with the source of life.

We don't do it just by putting it on. These are supernatural things that come from our walk with God. But also, another thing that I want to point out here, as we are ministers of God, as the beloved children of the Heavenly Father, it means this, we are family. Christians, we are family. We are the household of God. John, the apostle John tells us, he who loves God, loves him who is begotten of God. The Lord Jesus himself said, by this all will know that you are my disciples, by the love that you have for one another.

You know what he's pointing out here? As we look at the list of verses 6 and 7, that is the resource, the reference that we have in God as the beloved children of the Heavenly Father, we are family. And when we come together, this is a banquet. And we come to this banquet so that when we leave here, we leave with the view towards inviting others to the banquet.

Glenn and Tanner Ray were invited to the banquet, weren't they? And look at the blessing they received from that. Not only are we ministers of God as fellow humans in a fallen creation, and as beloved children of the Heavenly Father, but we are also ministers of God as alien citizens alien citizens of another kingdom. Alien citizens of another kingdom.

Why do I say that? Remember what Paul told the Philippians? Our citizenship is where? In heaven. To the Ephesians he said, we are already seated with Christ in the heavenlies.

Meaning what? That is where we belong. In God's perspective, we who are in Christ are already glorified in Christ.

It's done. And yet, in space and time, we remain on this earth. So what we have in verses 8 through 10 are the paradoxes of the walk of faith. Because we belong in one kingdom and yet we live, yet still, in this kingdom. But there is reason for that.

There is purpose for that. And these paradoxes of the walk of faith should not surprise us. Peter tells us that. Do not be surprised by it.

It should be expected. Why do I say that? Because we're in enemy territory.

What does that mean? John tells us the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. And there is a system of thought that chooses not to acknowledge God.

And that system will not like our faith because we acknowledge God. And so there is a battle raging. And it's not against flesh and blood. Remember what Paul says in Ephesians 6.

Our battle is against the forces of darkness. But we are citizens of one kingdom living in another. And one kingdom will want to oppress the values of the other. We read this, Rob read this earlier in 1 Peter chapter 2. Look with me again at verses 11 and 12. As aliens and strangers, because we are citizens of another kingdom. As aliens and strangers abstain from flesh, lest which war against the soul. Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers.

Notice that it says when, not if, but when. When they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. Here's a very important truth. We who are in Christ and yet living in this world, who we are is not determined by the circumstances of this kingdom. We are alien citizens of another kingdom. What is the perspective that we must gain from that?

Let me borrow the words from Jen Hatmaker. And I believe this was Paul's perspective. Yes, we are fellow humans in a fallen creation, but we are the beloved children of the heavenly father and we are alien citizens of another kingdom. What if, in all the circumstances of life, in all the aspects and areas of your life, what if we were intentionally sent to this world? Not to stand in judgment of it, not to remain separate in our safe Christian confines, but to be for it, to be representative of Jesus, to bear the good news every day. To bear the good news everywhere we go.

Think about that. God, in His infinite omniscience and sovereignty, saw you and He intentionally sent you into your world, into your home. You have been intentionally sent into your home to be for it, to represent Jesus. He intentionally sent you into your work to be for it, to represent Jesus. To your church, you have been intentionally sent there to be for it, to represent Jesus.

It's amazing, isn't it? Ministers of God. The Lord Jesus affirms this, you know, in His prayer in John chapter 17. Look at that with me, John 17 verses 15 to 18. The Lord says He's praying for His disciples, His followers. He says, I do not pray that you should take them out of the world.

Why? Because they don't belong there, right? But He says, Lord, Father, I don't want you to take them out of the world.

Leave them there. But that you should keep them from the evil one. You see the protection that we have in God's grace. That they are not of the world just as I am not of the world.

Why? Because we've been born of God. All of this through faith.

Okay? Sanctify them by your truth. The word sanctify means what? Set apart. Set apart.

You watch this. Set apart them by your truth. Your word is truth. You have sent me into the world. I also have sent them into the world.

There it is. Christians, are you listening? You have been you have been intentionally sent into the world as theu diaconoi. As fellow humans in a fallen creation, but as the beloved children of the heavenly father and as alien citizens of another kingdom. So I encourage you then in all of these ways pursue redemptive relationships. We are a community of grace with a culture of discipleship. Let me give you maybe an easier way to kind of hang on to this as you leave today because that is our intent.

We want you to take something with you. And many of you do. Many of you comment.

And I know many of you are listening well and you're bringing this together. But we are ministers of God. What kind of ministers? Well, let me do this.

Bear with me here for a moment. OK, let's call it CIA ministers. You know, you ever come up, we have a conversation with a stranger and they say, well, what do you do? And you're going to say, I'm a CIA minister. You immediately have their attention.

OK, what is a CIA minister? Well, it looks like this. It begins with adoration. That's the A. Adoration. To walk humbly with your God.

Go ahead and bring up that adoration there and then see what happens. The outflow of that. Take that back. Go with the back arrow and then let's do that again. Hit the back arrow. There you go. Watch this. There you go.

Hit the forward arrow and then the outflow. You see how that works? That's the right order there.

OK, it has to happen in that order. I'm not asking you to go out here and just be compassionate and invite. I'm asking you to be people who adore the Heavenly Father and your communion with Him. And the outflow of that is going to be compassion. To love mercy, Micah 6-8. To love mercy as fellow humans in a fallen creation. Invitation to do justly as alien citizens of another kingdom.

And the adoration is, well you should know by now to walk humbly with your God. That's a CIA minister. Now get this. Somebody's going to say, what is a CIA minister? They're going to think you work for the government if you tell them that, right?

And then you start describing to them what CIA means. Two things could happen. Number one, they might run away from you. Many will.

But there is also the probability that some will say, I want to hear more. Be a minister of God to them. Because that's who we are. Minister to them as a fellow human in a fallen creation.

Identify with them at the level of humanity. We're not super humans. We have struggles.

We have hurts. And we're lying if we put up the pretense that we don't. But identify with each other as fellow humans in a fallen creation. But also make it clear that we are beloved children of the Heavenly Father. And that we are alien citizens of another kingdom. We operate by the power and the values and the priorities of a much higher kingdom.

But we're here. We are Theudiacanui. We have been we have been intentionally sent into the world to be for it. We have been intentionally sent to each other to be for each other. That's what it means to be Theudiacanui. You've been listening to Rich Powell, the lead pastor at Grace Bible Church in Winston-Salem. The Delight in Grace mission is to help you know that God designed you to realize your highest good and your deepest satisfaction in Him, the one who is infinitely good. We hope you'll join us again on weekdays at 10am.
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