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August 26, 2016, 1:47 PM

Practicing the Golden Rule

The month of September is “Service Month” at First Christian Church, prompted by our young people, who have chosen to make September 24 “Youth Service Day”. You will be invited in the next few days to submit needs that our youth can help with this month.

“Service” is a good word. It is, in fact, the essence of our Christian faith. To put it another way, it is the dynamic that makes our faith active as opposed to mere “lip-service”.

Please read and reflect on the following few Scripture texts, reminding us of the importance and meaning of putting others before ourselves as the most fulfilling way to live. It is the way of faith. It is the way of the cross. It is the way to be close to our Lord and our God.

This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
(quoting Isaiah 29:13) Matthew 15:8-9 (ESV)

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17 (ESV)

What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Matthew 21:28-31a (ESV)

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”        Matthew 20:25-28 (ESV)

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?" Luke 6:46

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21 (ESV)

While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”  Matthew 12:46-50 (ESV)

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