“But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.” LUKE 2:26-27 NLT
1 Thessalonians 1:1-4 NIV 1 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. 2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you,
1. WORK produced by FAITH
Philippians 2:4 ESV 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
2. LABOR prompted by LOVE
Galatians 6:2 NIV 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
3. ENDURANCE inspired by HOPE We are not using people to complete ministry! We are using ministry to complete people.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.