Faith Formed Service

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9 August, 2020Pastor Mark SchultzFaith Formed

“Do you want fries with that?” For most of us that was our introduction to the marketing ploy “upsizing.” A subtle yet convincing insinuation that you really wanted more…bigger is better…more is more satisfying. That upsizing mindset has permeated much of our thinking. 

Older Australians are encouraged to upsize their homes to protect their pension. Sellers experiment with upsizing their packaging to appeal to a wider customer base. As a society we are constantly told to upsize ourselves. To believe in ourselves, to put our best foot forward. Look at your resume! The classic upsize…promote ourselves and upsize our achievements. But Jesus wasn’t concerned about upsizing or even downsizing because he proclaimed that for God’s saving purpose in this world, you are just the right size. Today we explore what Faith formed service really looks like.

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'…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28



You are the right size to serve. In all things, his love will fill you, his Spirit will equip you, his strength will enable you, and his presence will guide you to leave the imprint of his self-giving love in every act and every interaction.

Bible Readings

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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You make known to me the path of life;

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at your right hand are pleasures forevermore Psalm 16:11


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“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:9b-10


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