Serving Others, 11/12/2018

Pastor Pete Hartwig

Sermon Notes

Growth on Purpose: Serve Others


VETERANS – Thank you for your service. Prayer.

WWII losing 372 veterans per day and only 620,000 of the 16 million

In 2016, 7% of U.S. adults were veterans, down from 18% in 1980, Over the past half-century, the number of people on active duty has dropped significantly, from 3.5 million in 1968, during the draft era, to 1.3 million (or less than 1% of all U.S. adults) in today’s all-volunteer force.



SLIDE: Follow Jesus – Serve Others


INTRO:  Video of English Garland. (Large Screens video)


SLIDE: Growth on purpose – Serve Others


SLIDE: Matthew 23:11-12  The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.


SLIDE: Luke 22:27  For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.  – Jesus Christ


SLIDE:  You cannot separate the teachings of Jesus from the person of Jesus.



CONTEXT: Passover Meal!

God delivers Israel – Moses – Freedom from slavery in Egypt!





SLIDE: John 13:3  Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God…


Your time has come!   What would you do?


All the talking, planning, hard work, time, energy and investment


The band encore

The athlete on the podium – The victory lap

The high school student gets into their college

The theatre troupe takes their bow

She politician is on stage with those she loves.

Wedding yesterday. Dreams fulfilled! Friends!




SLIDE: Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  John 13:4-5



SLIDE: Judas Iscariot 


John 13:2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.



SLIDE: When we “Follow Jesus & Serve Others” do not only serve those who love and appreciate us in return.



SLIDE: John 13:14-15  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. -Jesus Christ


SLIDE: What is Foot Washing?


SLIDE: 2 PICS of wedding (BIG SCREEN)




1 Timothy 5 – qualifications for widows cared for.


What is Jesus saying?


John 13:16-17 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.


SLIDE:  Doulos = slave 


Jesus becomes a slave – Passover


GROWTH TRACK and gift assessment



SLIDE: Communion    MATTHEW the rest of the story

Matthew 26:  26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.