"Again and again Jesus tried to establish his principle among His disciples. When James and John made their request for preeminence, He said, 'Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many' (Matthew 20:26-28)."


a. Principle Focus (review)

Service--performance of work or duty to assist another-- is, in its highest form, to do so with a spirit of humility, without requiring pay or recognition.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

As Luke 10 illustrates, the core, pure principle of ministry is service to God and man-- no hesitation and calculation. From this point the minister's gifts/talents are dedicated to God (1Corinthians 12).

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • Serving others out of a motivation to relieve suffering or to bring hope or goodwill is my joy.
  • I treat people in the church and society in a magnanimous manner regardless of response.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

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e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)


"Lord, I understand that service is the heart of the gospel. I desire to give You true service, though it is sometimes a struggle. Here then is my desire: to provide exemplary service with no thought of credit or accolades. I desire only to serve others and to reflect positively on You."